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ERIC Number: EJ805482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Crossing a Multicultural Divide: Teaching Business Strategy to Students from Culturally Mixed Backgrounds
Hills, Steve; Thom, Viv
Journal of Studies in International Education, v9 n4 p316-336 2005
This narrative describes how, in response to poor results, a teaching team revamped a postgraduate business strategy module in a U.K. university. The changes mainly involved clarification of some of the staff's key expectations and teaching and learning methods, taking account of the powerful pressures on international students in the United Kingdom and the diverse cultural and educational background of the student group. It argues that the changes were largely responsible for the improvement in the subsequent results, but also discusses a range of alternative explanations. The comments of student focus groups on the new approach are given and discussed. Finally, the team reflects briefly on the process as an example of practitioner action research and on the risks that may be involved in taking it for granted that the United Kingdom's present academic approach is "better" than others. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; United Kingdom