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Using Action Research to Improve Communication and Facilitate Group Work in a Multicultural Classroom: A South African Case Study

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This study started with problems that my colleagues (and I) were experiencing with interaction and intercultural communication among students in our diverse classrooms. Educators were also experiencing difficulties in motivating students to work effectively in groups. The purpose of this paper was to seek solutions to these problems by exploring variations of the group oral assessment structure in a multilingual and multicultural context. Four phases of assessments were conducted at two tertiary institutions in South Africa using a combination of action research and a participatory approach. Not only did this study succeed in addressing the problems but it also revealed the added benefits of using an action research methodology.

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Singh, P. Using Action Research to Improve Communication and Facilitate Group Work in a Multicultural Classroom: A South African Case Study. Syst Pract Act Res 20, 293–304 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11213-006-9063-z

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Keywords

  • Action research
  • Collaboration
  • Community of practice
  • Constructivism
  • Group work
  • Interaction
  • Participatory research