Does understanding culture help enhance students' learning experience?

Sulkowski, Nadine B ORCID: 0000-0001-7182-7468 and Deakin, Michael (2009) Does understanding culture help enhance students' learning experience? International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 21 (2). pp. 154-166. doi:10.1108/09596110910935651

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Purpose This paper aims to discuss whether cultural conceptualisations can explain student behaviour and to discuss tactics to enhance teaching and learning in a multinational classroom. Design/methodology/approach Based on Hofstede's cultural dimensions a questionnaire was devised to test students' values associated with education, teaching and learning, ethics and aspirations. Results were triangulated with existing literature stating positions about whether culture can inform teaching and learning strategies. Findings There is evidence of a positive correlation between culture and learning approaches. However, institutional, social and personal factors limit the degree to which culture can inform the profiling of learning characteristics. Research limitations/implications Previous research has focused on students from a limited number of origins. Further studies are needed to generate deeper insights into the influence of culture on students' learning experiences. Practical implications In an attempt to eliminate segregation and prejudice, institutions should focus on managing diversity rather than individual cultural groups within the student body. Originality/value This paper is of value for everyone supporting culturally diverse students. It is hoped that it will stimulate further debate and lead to a review of current practices.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education; Culture; Teaching; Learning; Individual behaviour; Students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 14:51
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2023 12:02

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