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Title: Pre-Service Teachers as Intercultural Learners in CMC-Based Collaboration: The case of The Literature Group.
Paper URL: http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr13/fuchs.htm
Author: Carolin Fuchs
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Homepage: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/index.htm?facid=cf2307
Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: This paper emerged from a larger study and analyzes the reflections of a transatlantic group of future language teachers who communicated with each other via the bulletin board and chat functions of FirstClass® to design a joint website module. The author employs the Grounded Theory method and engages in action research in order to identify and analyze instances displaying cross-cultural engagement. Data triangulation entails email and chat transcripts, pre-course questionnaires, self-assessments, post-course interviews, post-course questionnaires, post-course questions, logs, voices from the classroom, and learning process statements. Findings indicate that the transatlantic group was faced primarily with difficulties regarding consensus finding, joint decision-making, and a lack of awareness regarding potential personal and professional benefits of the project.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Journal of Intercultural Communication,13.
URL: http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr13/fuchs.htm


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