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ERIC Number: EJ947099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Maximizing Learning from Engaging across Difference: The Role of Anxiety and Meaning Making
King, Patricia M.; Baxter Magolda, Marcia B.; Masse, Johanna C.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v44 n4 p468-487 2011
This study explores college students' reactions to engaging in experiences with diverse others that students found uncomfortable, interactions that disrupted students' current beliefs or values. Our examination of these experiences was grounded in theory and research on intergroup contact and anxiety and developmental models of self-authorship leading to intercultural maturity. We found three types of reactions to these experiences: Some students were "stuck," unsure of how to respond; some were prone to continue exploring; and some reframed their perspectives to reflect capacities associated with advanced intercultural maturity. We offer recommendations for managing intergroup anxiety and scaffolding learning to support reframing one's perspectives to maximize learning from engaging in difference. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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