Building intercultural competence one “Patch” at a time

Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S., Tangen, Donna J., Mercer, Louise, Hepple, Erika, & Carrington, Suzanne B. (2013) Building intercultural competence one “Patch” at a time. Education Research International, 2013, pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper describes a program called Patches that was implemented to assist a group of Australian and Malaysian pre-service teachers to enhance their intercultural competence through their involvement in a series of reciprocal learning activities. Each learning experience was considered a “patch” that eventually created a “quilt of intercultural learning.” The purpose of this study was to enhance the intercultural competence of domestic and international students through organized intercultural activities, through a series of reflective writing sessions, and mutual engagement on a common project. The effectiveness of the Patches program was analysed in accordance with Deardorff’s elements of intercultural competence. The qualitative findings indicate that both cohorts of preservice teachers showed elements of intercultural competence through participation in the program, with both groups reporting a deeper appreciation and understanding of how to communicate more effectively in intercultural contexts.

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ID Code: 56512
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article number: 394829
Keywords: intercultural competence, intercultural learning, patches program, HERN
DOI: 10.1155/2013/394829
ISSN: 2090-4010
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Rebecca Spooner-Lane et al.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2013 03:13
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 16:35

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