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Distance Higher Education Experiences of Arab Gulf Students in the United States: A cultural perspective
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IRRODL Volume 6, Number 3, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press

Abstract

This article reports on a phenomenological research study that was undertaken to provide cultural understanding about the nature of distance education experiences of Arab graduate students pursuing degree programs in the United States. As a theoretical framework, Hofstede’s international difference dimensions and Hall’s concept of low and high context cultures were used. Six participants were interviewed from the Arab Gulf States. Analysis of these interviews revealed cultural aspects related to student background. Description of participant experiences are explained in the following themes: mandatory nature of the experience, persistence of social shame feelings online, language difficulties, less participation, and avoidance of confrontation and aggravation of feelings. This study concludes with a few recommendations for future research. Keywords: Arab students, culture, distance education, anxiety, online, gender

Citation

Al-Harthi, A. (2006). Distance Higher Education Experiences of Arab Gulf Students in the United States: A cultural perspective. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 6(3),. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved February 18, 2020 from .

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