Cross-cultural Learning and International Collaboration: Evaluation of a Study Tour to Thailand

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Jacqui Allen
Yajai Sitthimongkol
Bridie Kent
Aurawamon Sriyuktasuth
Rachanee Sujijantararat
Barbara Green

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Purpose: To evaluate cross-cultural learning among Thai staff and host students from the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University (MU) and Australian guest students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University (DU), who participated in a study tour.Design: Descriptive exploratory evaluation.Methods: Key stakeholders were invited to participate resulting in a convenience sample of seven MU staff, five MU and 22 DU students. Data were collected using mixed methods. Qualitative data were theme analysed and quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics.Main findings: The semi-structured interviews with MU staff, focus group with MU students and free response questions in the online survey with DU students indicated the themes of enhanced and valuable cross-cultural learning and relationship building, the challenges of different social behaviours and the importance of tolerance and acceptance. In the online survey, over 77% (n = 17) of DU students reported high satisfaction with their cross-cultural learning on the study tour. The online survey included the validated Miville-Guzman Universality-Diversity scale short form (M-GUD-S). All Australian students reported seeking diversity of contact (X ± SD = 23.1 ± 4.4), relativistic appreciation (X ± SD = 24.7 ± 3.9), and comfort with differences (X ± SD = 26.2 ± 3.0), indicating high levels of openness to cultural diversity and similarity on the M-GUD-S.Conclusion and recommendations: This study provides an example of an evaluated study tour emphasising cross-cultural relationship building. Findings indicate that nursing education should include opportunities for intercultural exchange among nursing students.

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Allen, J., Sitthimongkol, Y., Kent, B., Sriyuktasuth, A., Sujijantararat, R., & Green, B. (2013). Cross-cultural Learning and International Collaboration: Evaluation of a Study Tour to Thailand. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 30(2), 12–21. Retrieved from https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/ns/article/view/10288
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Jacqui Allen

Yajai Sitthimongkol

Bridie Kent

Aurawamon Sriyuktasuth

Rachanee Sujijantararat

Barbara Green

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