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Crossing cultural boundaries with a cuppa: a case study of cultural wellbeing within a postgraduate peer circle


Emery, SG and Pavlyshyn, H and Hedayati, M and Nur, S, Crossing cultural boundaries with a cuppa: a case study of cultural wellbeing within a postgraduate peer circle, Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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International postgraduate students often experience lack of cultural and social exposure which can lead to the decreased participation in collaborative projects. This, combined with a strong focus on their own research projects can create difficulties in finding common ground for scholarly cooperation. Furthermore, cultural diversity amongst postgraduate students can exacerbate academic isolation.

The question pursued in this small-scale research study is how does interaction within a culturally diverse peer circle of postgraduate students contribute to cultural wellbeing?

This paper reports on a qualitative case study conducted at one Australian university by a self-organised group of postgraduate students. Interviews and participants’ reflections were thematically analysed and discussed in relation to Bourdieu’s theories of capital and Hofstede’s sociolinguistic theory of cultural dimensions.

The results of the case study reveal the ways in which the weekly "Australian Tea" peer circle enhanced the social and cultural capital of participating students while also creating opportunities for effective research collaborations. The study highlights the importance of cross-cultural interaction for the cultural wellbeing of both international and domestic postgraduate students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:cultural wellbeing, peer learning circle
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Emery, SG (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:Pavlyshyn, H (Mrs Halyna Pavlyshyn)
UTAS Author:Hedayati, M (Mr Mohsen Hedayati)
UTAS Author:Nur, S (Ms Shakila Nur)
ID Code:114132
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-07
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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