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ERIC Number: EJ951999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Friendship and Relationships in Virtual and Intercultural Learning: Internationalising the Business Curriculum
Crossman, Joanna; Bordia, Sarbari
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v51 n2 p329-354 Jul 2011
Graduates need to be prepared for working in global organisations that increasingly rely on virtual, culturally diverse teams. This paper reports on a qualitative research study concerned with the perceptions of university business students who collaborated on a virtual and international project to learn about intercultural communication. The findings indicated that participants capitalised on the opportunity the project presented to find friends and to negotiate and deepen relationships. In addition, the analysis revealed that social interaction also characterised and influenced the learning experience itself and had implications for engagement. The paper concludes that the subjectivities of social interaction are powerfully embedded in the learning process and may play a part in engagement. Second, the project was perceived as a valuable way of preparing students for workplaces where developing intercultural communication skills and online, culturally diverse team relationships are required.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Netherlands