The learning process model for intercultural partnerships
Reid, S. (Stuart) (2009) The learning process model for intercultural partnerships. Coventry: University of Warwick. Centre for Applied Linguistics. (Warwick Occasional Papers in Applied Linguistics).
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This paper addresses the issue of how learning can support intercultural effectiveness and is one of the outputs of the eChina-UK Programme. In this paper I synthesise theory and evidence from a number of fields in order to propose a practical model of learning that can be applied to intercultural collaborations. The aim is not to replace existing theories and models of learning but to draw on them in order to present a simple description that might be of value to those planning and managing international partnerships. Although much of what is said here relates specifically to intercultural collaboration I believe that many of the observations remain true of cross-sectoral partnership (which is, anyway, often intercultural as well) and of inter-professional learning too: indeed, there might be an argument for asserting principles of learning that contribute to effectiveness in working across boundaries in any long-term collaboration. The paper is divided into an Introduction and four further sections. Section 2 reviews the various streams of literature which have informed the current study and presents an argument for the particular approach to learning promoted in this paper on the basis of established and complementary research in a number of different disciplines. Section 3 contains a description of the learning model for intercultural collaboration which has been developed as part of our current research at the University of Warwick. The practical application of this model, and the implications for policy in cultural collaboration, are discussed briefly in Section 4. The final section summarises the work and looks forward to further research and development around the issue of learning in intercultural collaboration.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Intercultural communication -- Research, Learning strategies, Interpersonal relations and culture, Personality and social intelligence|
|Series Name:||Warwick Occasional Papers in Applied Linguistics|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Copyright Holders:||Stuart Reid|
|Funder:||Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Sino-UK e-Learning Programme (eChina-UK), University of Warwick. Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL)|
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