Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment

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This paper discusses the influences of international programs in a problem based, project and group work organized learning (PBL) environment on the development of intercultural competencies. Based on the discussion of the positive effects as well as the observed barriers in the educational practice of international programs, this paper suggests that PBL can be a good example of a supportive learning environment in terms of providing students opportunities to develop intercultural competences. However, in order to make the best of international programs as an intercultural learning context, it is important to 1) establish a shared understanding of ‘international’, based on which, new values and practices can be established instead of merely applying the established Danish ways of studying, 2) to bring about more awareness that international programs should be beneficial learning contexts in which students from different cultures can learn from each other and develop intercultural competencies together.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting learning to the real world : International Conference PBL 2006 ABP
Number of pages12
PublisherPontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Publication date2006
ISBN (Electronic)intet
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference PBL 2006 ABP - Lima, Peru
Duration: 17 Jul 200624 Jul 2006
Conference number: 4

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ConferenceInternational Conference PBL 2006 ABP
Number4
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period17/07/200624/07/2006

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Du, X., & Hansen, C. J. (2006). Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment. In Connecting learning to the real world: International Conference PBL 2006 ABP Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Du, Xiangyun ; Hansen, Carsten Jahn. / Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment. Connecting learning to the real world: International Conference PBL 2006 ABP. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2006.
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Du, X & Hansen, CJ 2006, Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment. in Connecting learning to the real world: International Conference PBL 2006 ABP. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, International Conference PBL 2006 ABP, Lima, Peru, 17/07/2006.

Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment. / Du, Xiangyun; Hansen, Carsten Jahn.

Connecting learning to the real world: International Conference PBL 2006 ABP. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2006.

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Du X, Hansen CJ. Developing intercultural competencies in a PBL environment. In Connecting learning to the real world: International Conference PBL 2006 ABP. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. 2006