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Exploring research cultures through internationalization at home for doctoral students in Hong Kong and Sweden
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0077-9061
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9300-6422
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2017 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 525-531Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cultural skills are fundamental to developing global academic scholars. Internationalization at home can facilitate the acquisition of these skills without students having to go abroad. However, research on the effect of internationalization of higher education is scarce, despite apparent benefits to incorporating cultural sensitivity in research. Further, little is known about the role information and communication technology plays. In this pilot study, we describe the experience of doctoral students with an internationalization‐at‐home program, and its impact on developing an understanding about different research cultures. Eight doctoral nursing students from Sweden and Hong Kong participated in five webinars as “critical friends”. The study followed a descriptive, qualitative design. The results demonstrated that students observed cultural differences in others' research training programs. However, while cultural differences reinforced friendship among local peers, they challenged engagement with critical friends. Challenges led to the perception of one another not as critical friends but as “distant” friends. We discuss the possible reasons for these outcomes, and emphasize a need to nurture connectivity and common goals. This would prepare students to identify, translate, and recognize cultural differences to help develop knowledge of diverse research cultures.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 19, no 4, p. 525-531
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culture, communication technology, higher education, internationalization, doctoral students, Sweden, Hong Kong
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-15185DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12369ISI: 000418093100016PubMedID: 28884948Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85030234968Local ID: 23498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-15185DiVA, id: diva2:1418706
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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Carlson, ElisabethIdvall, EwaKumlien, Christine

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