Karen M. Lauridsen

Diversity in peer groups - the benefits and tensions it may entail

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One of the aspects of English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Internationalisation at Home (IaH) is that students are expected to work together in peer groups across linguistic and cultural barriers, e.g. to complete mandatory assignments in small groups. However, students’ attitude and response to this form of cooperation differ widely.
This paper discusses the benefits and tensions of work in diverse peer groups exemplified by the findings of a study of student responses to intercultural collaboration in a master of business programme. One conclusion is that the international students are more prepared to work in multicultural groups than are their home students. And once students have experience with group diversity, at least some of them become more open towards working in such groups in future. The paper discusses the possible reasons for these differences in responses and recommends more comprehensive research on this topic in non-English environments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSociety for Research in Higher Education: Experiencing Higher Education: Global Trends and Transformations - Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Dec 201313 Dec 2013


ConferenceSociety for Research in Higher Education
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewport, Wales

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