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Fostering the appropriate learning environment? British and Chinese students’ experiences of undertaking an organisational-based cross-cultural group work project in a London university

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This paper examines the impact of a 12 week organisational-based, cross-cultural group work project on the learning experiences of a sample of British and overseas Chinese students. Using the participants’ individual reflective learning reviews as the tool of research investigation, the paper ascertains the extent to which the peer consultancy exercise affected the group work experience and examines how the two distinct groups of students – in terms of home and overseas status and native language acquisition – interacted with each other. The findings suggest that whilst the project largely succeeded in its aim of exposing the students to a real-life organisational problem-solving context, as an exercise in cross-cultural collaborative working it had a number of decipherable shortcomings. The implications of these findings for the preparation, practice and assessment of cross-cultural group work are considered.

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http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/bmaf/documents/publications/IJME/vol7no3/IJME7no3Paper6.pdf

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