Scripting intercultural computer-supported collaborative learning in higher education

V. Popov

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

Abstract

Introduction of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), specifically in an intercultural learning environment, creates both challenges and benefits. Among the challenges are the coordination of different attitudes, styles of communication, and patterns of behaving. Among the benefits are the sharing of culturally diverse knowledge, hands-on preparation for working in an international climate. Five empirical studies reported in this dissertation were conducted to identify and respond to the cultural issues influencing collaborative learning in both face-to-face and online modes of communication. The ultimate goal of the fives taken together was to develop an instructional script for fostering collaboration and bridging intercultural differences in culturally diverse groups engaged in CSCL. The total sample for the present research included over 500 students representing a total of 55 countries. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken in the studies. The findings of this dissertation suggest that the scripting approach can foster collaboration and bridge intercultural differences in culturally diverse groups working in a CSCL environment.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Mulder, Martin, Promotor
  • Biemans, Harm, Co-promotor
  • Kuznetsov, A.N., Co-promotor, External person
Award date8 Oct 2013
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789461736482
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • computer assisted instruction
  • higher education
  • learning
  • teaching methods
  • programmed learning
  • students
  • intercultural communication
  • culture
  • cooperation

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