International education: a force for peace and cross-cultural understanding?

Brown, L., 2009. International education: a force for peace and cross-cultural understanding? Journal of Peace Education, 6 (2), pp. 209-224.

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DOI: 10.1080/17400200903086672

Abstract

This paper discusses the notion that the international sojourn has the potential to transform sojourners into cultural mediators who carry the power to improve global relations. A year-long ethnographic study of the adjustment experiences of international postgraduate students in England revealed a universal early enthusiasm for cross-cultural contact that was matched by a widespread adoption of segregated patterns of interacting. The most common friendship networks were described by bonds with conationals, and yet all students attested to an increase in their cultural learning and mindfulness by the end of the sojourn. Nevertheless, intercultural competence was maximised only in those few students who pursued a multicultural strategy of interaction, leading the researcher to call on Higher Education Institutions to instigate policies to encourage lasting cross-cultural contact.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1740-0201
Uncontrolled Keywords:nternational campus; diversity; cultural learning; segregation; host contact; evolution
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Group:School of Tourism
ID Code:10121
Deposited By:Lorraine Brown
Deposited On:28 Jun 2009 20:59
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:09

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