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Inter-cultural contact and competencies of tertiary students


Brown, JC and Daly, AJ, Inter-cultural contact and competencies of tertiary students, New Zealand Journal of Education Studies, 40, (1) pp. 85-100. ISSN 0028-8276 (2005) [Refereed Article]


In the last decade there has been rapid growth of the New Zealand export education industry. However, research has shown that having a large international student body present on campus is insufficient to promote cross-cultural interactions. This study explores the intercultural competencies of, and interactions between 88 students enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution. Interaction was found to primarily occur between co-ethnic students, yet when students did interact in cross-ethnic groups it tended to be for academic rather than social activities. The attitudes and perceptions of both student groups regarding each other were established to be generally positive; suggesting the lack of interaction is not attitudinally based. International students were more open-minded but scored lower on social initiative competencies than domestic students. The findings from this study suggest that the low levels of interaction between students are related to social self-efficacy in a cross-cultural context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Daly, AJ (Dr Amanda Daly)
ID Code:45812
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2007-08-02
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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