An analysis of small group interactions of Vietnamese students under the Bourdieusian theoretical lens

Thanh Pham, Lam Pham

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Abstract

Group work has been increasingly encouraged and applied in Vietnamese universities. However, very little has been known about how Vietnamese university students work in a group and what the conditions are that help establish an effective group. This study attempted to redress this gap. The research applied Bourdieu’s social field theory to examine experiences of Vietnamese students in groups. It specifically explored Vietnamese students’ perceptions of interactions with ‘cultural and linguistic others’ and how their interactions were constrained and enabled by personal and contextual factors. Employing a qualitative research methodology, the study revealed that student interactions were strongly influenced by the rules set-up in the field, possessing capital resources valued in the field and disposition towards working with other cultures.

LanguageEnglish
Pages359-372
Number of pages14
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • Group work
  • Higher education
  • Interactions
  • Vietnam

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An analysis of small group interactions of Vietnamese students under the Bourdieusian theoretical lens. / Pham, Thanh; Pham, Lam.

In: Higher Education Research and Development, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2018, p. 359-372.

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