- Please read the thematic introduction Enhancing Intercultural Learning in the Curriculum and the thematic text Facilitating Intercultural Group Dynamics in preparation for all activities.
- Further you may access the suggested papers by Cruickshank et al. (2012) and Gregersen-Hermans, J. (2017), see References below.
- The Cruickshank et al. (2012) paper illustrates a deliberate approach to the process of intercultural interaction: this takes time and effort, not just from students but also from teachers. In your experience, have you had to provide or proceed to an intervention for a dysfunctional group/team or have you observed a positive situation which you could use as an intervention
Please think of a concrete example and be prepared to discuss in preparation for activity 3.
- In addition, think about the following questions, in preparation for activity 1.
If, for a first meeting with students in a culturally diverse classroom you were to assign small groups yourself (as instructor), how would you instruct the formation of the groups (i.e. based on ability; gender mix; other…)?
If you consider students’ motivation for learning, what is your preference in terms of group assignation that might be beneficial for their motivation?
If you reflect on challenges that might affect intercultural group work, what would be your top issue (e.g. conflicting norms for decision-making; trouble with language fluency; differences in expectations on what constitutes group work; other…)?
In your opinion, why is group work important for intercultural learning?
What is your favourite dish from a country other than that in which you reside?
Cruickshank, K., Chen, H. & Warren, S. (2012). Increasing international and domestic student interaction through group work: A case study from the humanities. Higher Education Research & Development, 31(6), 797-810.
Gregersen-Hermans, J. (2017). Intercultural competence development in higher education. In Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (pp. 91-106). Routledge.