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Reluctant hosts and disappointed guests? Examining Expectations and Enhancing experiences of cross-cultural group work in Postgraduate Business Programmes

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The paper examines some of the findings of a Business Education Support Team-funded project which enabled the authors to carry out a detailed investigation into the experiences of students participating in cross-cultural group work on postgraduate business programmes. There is evidence of a clear difference in attitude towards group work between students with different ethnic backgrounds and these differences can lead to conflict and frustration. Significant numbers of British students have negative experiences of group work as undergraduate students, particularly when placed in groups with international students with low levels of English language ability. These experiences have led to cynical attitudes to cross-cultural group work at postgraduate level. International students have clear expectations of the role that British students should take in group activities and express disappointment and disillusionment when this role fails to be fulfilled. The authors argue that more needs to be done to understand the experiences and expectations of both home and international students engaging in cross-cultural group work. In practical terms, this knowledge should help academics design activities and assessments which will promote cross-cultural learning and benefit all parties.

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http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/bmaf/documents/publications/IJME/Vol5no1/Cathcart_Hosts_and_guests.pdf

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