Communication Barriers and Conflicts in Cross-Cultural E-Learning

Communication Barriers and Conflicts in Cross-Cultural E-Learning

Rita Zaltsman (International Center of Modern Education - Prague, Czech Republic)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-759-1.ch016
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Abstract

The present chapter assesses the key questions of communication barriers in distance learning virtual communities. To examine their cultural aspects, a Web-survey for distance learners has been conducted. The principal areas of interest were a cultural dichotomy of West/East; discrepancies in educational cultures (teacher-centered vs. learner-centered); mismatches in communication and educational traditions in different cultures; conflict paradigm and methods of conflict resolution. The findings of the survey are summarized and interpreted and some implications for further research are discussed.

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