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ERIC Number: EJ873398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1741-8887
Computer-Mediated Communication and Culture: A Comparison of "Confucian-Heritage" and "Western" Learner Attitudes to Asynchronous E-Discussions Undertaken in an Australian Higher Educational Setting
Ramsay, Guy
E-Learning, v2 n3 p262-275 2005
While the internationalisation of higher education has made learner diversity a key consideration in tertiary pedagogical practice, research into the application of computer-mediated technologies in this domain has rarely taken into account culture. This article responds to this gap in the research by comparing "Confucian-heritage" and "Western" learners' experience of computer-mediated discussions undertaken as part of an Australian university curriculum. Likert and open-ended question formats reveal that cultural learning styles and behaviours are salient to the computer-mediated learning experience and can inform how learners view its pedagogical applications. While appreciation of the utilitarian benefits is common to both cultural cohorts, Confucian-heritage learners place greater emphasis on the interpersonal benefits. By placing distinctions in learner cultural background at the centre of the study, a more nuanced understanding of computer-mediated communication and its attendant pedagogical applications in higher education emerges. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia