Impact of intercultural online collaboration project for pre-service teachers

Jung Won Hur, Ying Wang Shen, Moon Heum Cho

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine if providing an intercultural online collaboration experience is beneficial to enhance pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy for technology integration, intercultural sensitivity, and communication and collaboration skills. The authors compared the experiences of two groups (intercultural group vs. same-culture group) by using mixed-design ANOVA and content analysis. A total of 115 pre-service teachers from two universities in the USA and one university in South Korea participated. The results indicated that students in both groups significantly improved their self-efficacy for technology integration and technology skills after participation. Although no significant difference between groups was found in quantitative data, qualitative analysis showed that students in the intercultural group demonstrated a more in-depth understanding of effective ways to communicate with people from different cultures online. We conclude that intercultural online collaboration enhanced pre-service teachers’ confidence in working with overseas partners and provided them with authentic collaboration opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalTechnology, Pedagogy and Education
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • cross-cultural learning
  • Intercultural collaboration
  • intercultural sensitivity
  • online collaborative learning
  • online communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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