Investigating academic cultural differences in an international classroom

McEwan, M. (2013) Investigating academic cultural differences in an international classroom. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, pp. 185-194.

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Abstract

Given the large increase in international student numbers (UKCISA, 2012) it will prove beneficial to the international educator to identify any differences in cultural perceptions and expectations of newly registered international students and UK teaching and learning expectations. Knowledge of such differences could be used to inform teaching practice which promotes a smooth cultural transition. This project aimed to measure the ‘typical’ academic culture of a new cohort of international students compared to that of their UK teacher. Several cultural differences were identified according to Hofstede’s cultural typologies (Hofstede, 1986). Students identified themselves as collectivists in a position of low power, whereas their teacher expressed individualist traits and valued a more equal distribution of power in the classroom. These findings can be used to understand how different cultural expectations between students and staff may become apparent in an international classroom.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McEwan, Dr Michael
Authors: McEwan, M.
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Author
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author

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