ERIC Number: EJ721896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 53
Ethnic Chinese Students' Communication with Cultural Others in a New Zealand University
Communication Education, v54 n4 p289-311 Oct 2005
This interpretive study explores the intercultural communication experiences of ethnic Chinese students in a New Zealand university classroom context. In aspiring to collaborative relationships with their New Zealand peers and in seeking help from teaching staff, ethnic Chinese students often experienced difficulties in intercultural communication. In moving from dialectic to dialogic styles of learning, they had to acquire communication strategies that enabled them to question, challenge, interrupt, and manage co-operative learning situations. Alliances among other ethnic Chinese and international students appeared to facilitate intercultural and educational understanding. By contrast, communication and co-operation with New Zealand students, although desired, often remained elusive. The study has implications for optimizing intercultural communication in the classroom with students from Chinese and other non-Western cultures.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Asian Culture, Higher Education, College Students, Peer Relationship, Communication Skills, Foreign Students, Foreign Culture, Culture Conflict
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand