ERIC Number: EJ954143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Culturally Mixed Groups on International Campuses: An Opportunity for Inter-Cultural Learning
Volet, S. E.; Ang, G.
Higher Education Research and Development, v31 n1 p21-37 2012
One of the major educational goals of the internationalisation of higher education is to prepare students to function in an international and inter-cultural context. Cultural diversity on university campuses creates ideal social forums for inter-cultural learning, yet, one of the most disturbing aspects of the internationalisation of higher education in Australia is the lack of interactions between local and international students from Asian backgrounds. This article examines the factors which students believe are affecting the formation of mixed groups for the completion of academic tasks. It also explores the nature of change in students' perceptions after a successful experience of mixed group work. The focus on both local and international students' appraisals of the situation highlights the two-way, interactive nature of group formation and shows how both parties share some responsibility in the lack of cultural mix.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Global Approach, Campuses, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Ethnocentrism, Cultural Context, Asians, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Group Membership, Cultural Differences, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia; Malaysia; Singapore