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Cooperative learning on an international masters


Hennebry, ML and Fordyce, K, Cooperative learning on an international masters, Higher Education Research and Development, 37, (2) pp. 270-284. ISSN 0729-4360 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2017.1359150


Postgraduate taught provision in Anglophone higher education contexts is becoming increasingly populated by cohorts of students from a wide range of linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds. However, the voices of these students on their learning experiences remain largely unheard. Little previous research exists on the experiences of higher degree students as they participate in group work in multi-cultural settings. This study investigates the perspectives of students from a variety of educational backgrounds on their experiences of cooperative learning in multi-national groups on a Masters programme at a UK university. Seven focus groups were conducted with students from a range of countries including Confucian Heritage Cultures (CHC) and non-CHC backgrounds. Students perceived group work as often lacking adequate structure, leading to feelings of confusion and insecurity. While it was apparent that a complex interplay of cultural, cognitive, and linguistic factors impacted on the functioning of collaborative learning, the data highlighted the need to provide students with more structure and guidance for cooperative learning environments and the importance of creating intercultural learning opportunities for students to better understand the impact of cultural backgrounds on approaches to cooperative learning in multi-national situations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cooperative learning, internationalization, international students, pedagogy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hennebry, ML (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
ID Code:140214
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-31
Last Modified:2020-08-24

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