ERIC Number: EJ980015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 30
The Coconut and the Peach: Understanding, Establishing, and Maintaining Interpersonal Boundaries with International Students
Yamashita, Miki; Schwartz, Harriet L.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n131 p57-69 Fall 2012
This chapter explores international students' perspectives of boundaries in the American graduate-level classroom, specifically considering the culturally based essence of boundaries. The authors focus on graduate-level Japanese international students. This population is particularly helpful in their consideration of boundaries because research suggests that Asian international students face a significant level of cultural adjustment when they study in the United States. The authors utilize intercultural communication concepts to explore how Japanese students may think about boundaries and interpersonal relationships with their American professors. In addition, they consider how differing perceptions among Japanese students and American professors may impede the development of quality collaborative relationships. The authors then discuss how they, as faculty, might navigate these cultural differences with greater sensitivity and intentionality as they strive to improve their teaching practices.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Intercultural Communication, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationship, Barriers, Cultural Differences, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Figurative Language, Personal Space, Empathy, Perspective Taking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States