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ERIC Number: EJ854323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Why Do They Not Talk? Towards an Understanding of Students' Cross-Cultural Encounters from an Individualism/Collectivism Perspective
Tan, Joanna K. L.; Goh, Jonathan W. P.
International Education Journal, v7 n5 p651-667 Oct 2006
Many universities today are promoting cultural diversity to prepare students to be competent in intercultural communication and function effectively in an increasingly global world. The purpose of this study is to explore how and why students from different cultural backgrounds are motivated to communicate and interact with each other. It is based on the premise that a given culture prescribes how and why individuals are motivated to interact with others from different cultural backgrounds. In order to provide a holistic view that would account for the multi-faceted and subtle nuances of human behavior in communication, a naturalistic inquiry approach was adopted to explore the communication patterns of groups of students from predominantly individualistic and collectivistic cultures. The findings indicate layers of differences in the way students relate across cultures in class as well as social environments. The implications for inter-cultural communication for educators are discussed using the individualism-collectivism dimension. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia