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Title: Intercultural sensitivity training toolkit: Augmenting academic engagement patterns
Contributor(s): Adapa, Sujana  (author)orcid ; Hathaway, Tanya  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This research paper presents conceptual strategies for developing a web-based toolkit utilising scenario-based learning to enhance students' and academics' intercultural sensitivity (IS) and further explores the feasibility of using IS training during orientation and induction into higher education to promote intercultural engagement. Pre-intervention data relating to participants' study contexts, learning experiences, cultural perspectives, and perceived benefits and obstacles to intercultural engagement are gathered through reflective writing blogs and in-depth interviews. Thematic analysis is applied to identify and unpack culture-specific patterns of learning and intercultural engagement. The results inform the design of an IS toolkit; portraying experience-based and research-informed training scenarios depicting, initially, cultural stereotypes and authentic behaviours, before illustrating integrated and culturally responsive teaching strategies and learning styles. The exposure sequence progressively challenges users' values, beliefs and attitudes about teaching and learning. Post-intervention, participants' perceptions are re-examined through focus groups and in-depth interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the toolkit. Social network analysis is applied to establish intercultural competence apparent in new patterns of academic engagement, whilst a phenomenographic analysis maps transformation in participants' awareness and understanding of the concept of intercultural engagement.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: HERDSA 2014: 37th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference - Higher Education in a Globalized World, Hong Kong, China, 7th - 10th July, 2014
Source of Publication: Higher Education in a Globalized World: Refereed papers from the 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference, p. 1-9
Publisher: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Place of Publication: Milperra, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Research and Development in Higher Education
Series Number : 37
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