ERIC Number: EJ855782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
International Education: A Force for Peace and Cross-Cultural Understanding?
Journal of Peace Education, v6 n2 p209-224 Sep 2009
This paper discusses the notion that the international sojourn has the potential to transform sojourners into cultural mediators who carry the power to improve global relations. A year-long ethnographic study of the adjustment experiences of international postgraduate students in England revealed a universal early enthusiasm for cross-cultural contact that was matched by a widespread adoption of segregated patterns of interacting. The most common friendship networks were described as bonds with co-nationals, and yet all students attested to an increase in their cultural learning and mindfulness by the end of the sojourn. Nevertheless, intercultural competence was maximised only in those "few" students who pursued a multicultural strategy of interaction, leading the researcher to call on higher education institutions to instigate policies to encourage lasting cross-cultural contact.
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, International Education, Cultural Awareness, Ethnography, Friendship, Foreign Countries, Peace, Student Adjustment, Graduate Students, Foreign Students, Communication Strategies, Study Abroad
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)