The potential of a mobile group blog to support cultural learning among overseas students

Shao, Yinjuan and Crook, Charles (2015) The potential of a mobile group blog to support cultural learning among overseas students. Journal of Studies in International Education, 19 (5). pp. 399-422. ISSN 1552-7808

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Abstract

We explored the use of mobile social software, in the form of a mobile group blog, to assist cultural learning. The potential of using this technology for cultural adaptation among overseas students was examined as those students adapted to the everyday life of studying abroad. Two pilot studies and a successful field study of a mobile group blog as used by UK overseas students are reported. A further study with prospective overseas students witnessing this ‘moblogging’ in China revealed the advantages of communicating through this technology as a form of peer-supported preparation for cultural adaptation. Potential advantages for learning a second language via this system, were highlighted as communication was interweaved with cultural adaptation and exercised in the blog entries. Given mobile internet, the language experience together with cultural observation impressively supported these students' growing confidence with time, space and imagination.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: mobile group blog, remote context, overseas students, cultural and language learning
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315315574101
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 14:26
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 11:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32690

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