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The learning process model for intercultural partnerships

By S. (Stuart) Reid


This paper addresses the issue of how learning can support intercultural effectiveness and is\ud one of the outputs of the eChina-UK Programme. In this paper I synthesise theory and\ud evidence from a number of fields in order to propose a practical model of learning that can\ud be applied to intercultural collaborations. The aim is not to replace existing theories and\ud models of learning but to draw on them in order to present a simple description that might\ud be of value to those planning and managing international partnerships. Although much of\ud what is said here relates specifically to intercultural collaboration I believe that many of the\ud observations remain true of cross-sectoral partnership (which is, anyway, often intercultural\ud as well) and of inter-professional learning too: indeed, there might be an argument for\ud asserting principles of learning that contribute to effectiveness in working across boundaries\ud in any long-term collaboration.\ud The paper is divided into an Introduction and four further sections. Section 2 reviews the\ud various streams of literature which have informed the current study and presents an\ud argument for the particular approach to learning promoted in this paper on the basis of\ud established and complementary research in a number of different disciplines. Section 3\ud contains a description of the learning model for intercultural collaboration which has been\ud developed as part of our current research at the University of Warwick. The practical\ud application of this model, and the implications for policy in cultural collaboration, are\ud discussed briefly in Section 4. The final section summarises the work and looks forward to\ud further research and development around the issue of learning in intercultural collaboration

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Publisher: University of Warwick. Centre for Applied Linguistics
Year: 2009
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