The Role of Blended Cultures in Enhancing Teacher and Learner Performance Outcomes
Siew Mee Barton, Jason Sargent, Deakin University, Australia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper explores the enhancement of teaching and learning performance outcomes from the perspective of educators from different cultural backgrounds and a very large mix of international students. The research milieu focuses on social connectivity, peer-to-peer networking and peer-to-peer mentoring amongst teachers, tutors and students; particularly aspects of trust and cultural awareness between teacher and learner. The key findings of this research are that the social capital dimensions of trust and reciprocity, and the notion of academic guanxi can assist academics and institutions to better understand ways in which to optimize teaching and learning. The result is a pool of educators who have become change-agents by inspiring a network of their peers in using components of a collective cultural toolkit as a culture reference point.
Barton, S.M. & Sargent, J. (2009). The Role of Blended Cultures in Enhancing Teacher and Learner Performance Outcomes. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 323-330). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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