Exploring Neighbourness and Intercultural Challenges in Higher Education: Views of Teachers and Students

Muhammet Demirbilek*, Ilona Iloven, Karlis Valtins, Maura Di Mauro, Stephen Bernardes, Idongesit Williams

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The need for neighbourness and Intercultural competences in Higher Education Institutions is ascending. This is because in recent times, there has been an increase in multicultural classrooms driven by globalization and the growth in global Internet connectivity. Globalization has enabled increased human
mobility across physical national and cultural boundaries; while Internet connectivity has enabled virtual contact, interactions, and collaborations between persons from different cultures. Physical mobility, specifically for study abroad, results in physical multicultural classrooms. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview into the relevance of neighbourness in a multicultural classroom and challenges in a classroom that denotes the absence of neighbourness. The challenges are inspired and extracted from one-on-one Interviews with Higher Education Institution (HEI) teachers and foreign students from Finland, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Latvia and Turkey. Twenty people were interviewed. In the multicultural classrooms, six different challenges were identified as a result of analyzing the interview data. Those are language barriers, misunderstanding of cultural dispositions towards others, asymmetric communication, differences in cultural behavioral norms governing interactions, different styles of learning and problem with the familiarization with technology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Studies in Education and Social science. November 11-14, 2021, Antalya/Turkey
EditorsStephen Jackowicz, Omer Tayfur Ozturk
Number of pages11
Publication dateNov 2021
ISBN (Print)978-1-952092-25-1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
EventInternational Conference on Studies in Education and Social Sciences (ICSES) 2021 - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 11 Nov 202214 Nov 2022


ConferenceInternational Conference on Studies in Education and Social Sciences (ICSES) 2021
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  • neighborhoods
  • Global citizenship
  • communication
  • PBL
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL)
  • Intercultural Communication


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