Improving Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication through Mobile Technologies

Improving Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication through Mobile Technologies

Adele Botha (Meraka Institute, South Africa), Steve Vosloo (Stanford University, USA), John Kuner (Stanford University, USA) and Madelein van den Berg (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jmbl.2009040103
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Abstract

Increasingly, technology is mediating the way in which the youth around the world communicate, consume content and create meaning. As mobile communication media and the internet become more pervasive, young people from different cultures and communities are afforded more opportunities for collaboration across previously unbridgeable distances. The need for cross-cultural awareness and communication is thus more important than ever. The initiative described in this article, successfully demonstrated the role of mobile phones and the web as mediating technologies in the development of intercultural competencies and communication skills among a group of teenagers scattered across two countries.

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