Learning intercultural communication through group work oriented to the world beyond the classroom

Liu, Shuang and Dall'Alba, Gloria (2012) Learning intercultural communication through group work oriented to the world beyond the classroom. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37 1: 19-32. doi:10.1080/02602938.2010.494233

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Author Liu, Shuang
Dall'Alba, Gloria
Title Learning intercultural communication through group work oriented to the world beyond the classroom
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-297X
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02602938.2010.494233
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 32
Total pages 14
Editor Susan Martin
William Scott
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Competence in intercultural communication has become a necessity for functioning effectively in our increasingly globalised and multicultural society. This study reports the use of a group project to enhance students' learning of intercultural communication. Participants were from a large undergraduate class in an Australian university. The aim of the course is to encourage students to develop knowledge of intercultural communication by orienting themselves to the world beyond the classroom, and by learning from each other's experiences and perspectives. In a group project assignment, students used the knowledge and skills gained in class to resolve practical problems that they encountered in intercultural interactions outside the classroom. This paper focused on students' experience of working in groups, and links between this experience and performance on the group project. Our study confirms previous research that demonstrates active engagement in group work can enhance learning outcomes. It also goes further in showing that groups that more highly rated their learning of intercultural communication through the group work experience obtained higher grades on the project.
Keyword Active learning
Group work
Intercultural communication
Student engagement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 6 December 2011

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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