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Greetings from Nanning and Qinzhou!: Student reflections on an Australian university study tour to China as an experience of critical interculturality
chapterposted on 09.10.2020, 00:00 by Michael DanaherMichael Danaher
University students’ international study tours vary widely in intent, duration, effect and meaningfulness. The understandings enabled by critical interculturality (Dervin, Critical Interculturality: Lectures and Notes. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017; Murphy-Lejeune, An experience of interculturality: Student travellers abroad. In G. Alred, M. Byram, & M. Fleming (Eds.), Intercultural experience and education (pp. 101–113). Sydney, NSW: Multilingual Matters, 2003) can contribute significantly to gleaning further insights into such study tours as potential sites of educational border crossings that can facilitate genuine and enduring learning transformations. This chapter deploys the research method of thematic analysis to explore the reflections by a group of Australian university students on their study tour experience to China in November 2018. This analysis demonstrates both the affordances and the limitations of university study tours abroad in disrupting existing intercultural stereotypes, thereby creating possibilities for the educational margins related to intercultural otherness to be traversed by critically intercultural insights, and for intercultural voices to be communicated and articulated.