Continuing conversations: looking back on a collaborative experience to harvest new insights for collective thinking and action

Michelle Attard Tonna, Christine Helen Arnold, Marie-Christine Deyrich, Karen Marangio, Kunwar Shraddha

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How do we make this work? Understanding cultural dimensions embedded in the collaboration of an international research project.
We are exploring the nature of intersubjectivity in group interaction, because of our experience as individual researchers coming from unique backgrounds and contexts, and collating our thoughts, experiences and ideas; sometimes undermining our personal identities in favour of a collective theme. Cultural dimensions have enriched our discussions and have led to developing an international perspective, but this had its own challenges / struggles: time,
discomfort, unlearning to mention a few. Hofstede’s cultural dimension theory was used to explore our collective behaviour and the importance we gave (or not) to this collective interest. Issues of ownership, although not overtly discussed, could be sometimes felt throughout the research and writing process. Each of us appropriated a section of the chapter and manifested power over it. This kind of collaboration, albeit its challenges, also facilitated critical thinking and deep learning. We engaged in dialogue and produced knowledge as a result of this struggle.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Study Association on Teachers and Teaching Biennal Conference 2023 - University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20237 Jul 2023
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceInternational Study Association on Teachers and Teaching Biennal Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleISATT 2023
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