Nursing Students' Intercultural Learning via Internationalization at Home: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Nursing Students' Intercultural Learning via Internationalization at Home: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
Author Chan, E Angela ; Lai, Timothy ; Wong, Arkers ; Ho, Suki ; Chan, Bessie ; Stenberg, Marie ; Carlson, Elisabeth
Date 2017
English abstract
We attempted to map out the processes of intercultural communication, interaction, and reflection by examining the intercultural learning that took place among nursing students. Through an understanding of the process of their intercultural learning, the Hong Kong and Swedish students revealed their identity not only as nurses but more so as learners. Their intercultural learning started with a superficial and fact-based exchange and evolved into reflection and mindfulness. Students at both ends reported increased knowledge about both their own and the other's culture. They were also able to translate some of their understanding through intercultural communication into their nursing practices. Throughout the process, the aspects that facilitated their intercultural learning were a relaxed and open attitude, an eagerness to learn, sensitivity, and flexibility. Those qualities,whichmade for effective intercultural communication, are aligned with those that are valued in nursing. The students' appreciation of the value and appropriateness of the Skype technology in facilitating the development of intercultural competence without the need to leave home indicates the potential of this kind of telecollaboration.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.02.003 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Nurse Education Today;
Volume 52
ISSN 0260-6917
Pages 34-39
Language eng (iso)
Subject internationalization at home
webinars
student nurses
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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