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The Transformative Learning Potential in the Hybrid Space between Technology and Intercultural Encounters

Jørgensen, M, Mason, A, Pedersen, R and Harrison, R The Transformative Learning Potential in the Hybrid Space between Technology and Intercultural Encounters. Journal of Studies in International Education. ISSN 1028-3153 (Accepted)

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Abstract

As many higher education institutions strive to internationalise and develop graduates as global citizens, new technologies are supposed to be creating opportunities for geographically dispersed students to meet and develop intercultural skills. We argue, however, that there is scant evidence that these opportunities are being fully exploited. In this paper we explore some of the reasons for this by using the lens of ‘third space’ theories to interpret data from a preliminary study of an international virtual exchange project. We found that although the project afforded some scope for critical intercultural learning, this was limited by two key factors related to the second space of the traditional classroom: the skills and attitudes of the lecturers and asymmetries in project goals. We conclude by arguing that unless higher education institutions provide more fertile conditions for projects like these, further opportunities for intercultural learning will be missed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in the journal.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 13 Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Business & Management (new Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 10:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13705

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