Cross-cultural learning and international collaboration: evaluation of a study tour to Thailand

Allen, Jacqui, Sitthimongkol, Yajai, Kent, Bridie, Sriyuktasuth, Aurawamon, Sujijantararat, Rachanee and Green, Barbara 2012, Cross-cultural learning and international collaboration: evaluation of a study tour to Thailand, Journal of nursing science, vol. 30, no. 2, April-June, pp. 12-21.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Cross-cultural learning and international collaboration: evaluation of a study tour to Thailand
Author(s) Allen, JacquiORCID iD for Allen, Jacqui
Sitthimongkol, Yajai
Kent, Bridie
Sriyuktasuth, Aurawamon
Sujijantararat, Rachanee
Green, Barbara
Journal name Journal of nursing science
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Season April-June
Start page 12
End page 21
Total pages 10
Publisher Mahidol University
Place of publication Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0125-8885
Keyword(s) cross-cultural learning
nursing education
study tour
Summary Purpose:
To evaluate cross-cultural learning among Thai staff and host students from the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University (MU) and Australian guest students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University (DU), who participated in a study tour.

Descriptive exploratory evaluation.

Key stakeholders were invited to participate resulting in a convenience sample of seven MU staff, five MU and 22 DU students. Data were collected using mixed methods. Qualitative data were theme analysed and quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics.

Main findings:
The semi-structured interviews with MU staff, focus group with MU students and free response questions in the online survey with DU students indicated the themes of enhanced and valuable cross-cultural learning and relationship building, the challenges of different social behaviours and the importance of tolerance and acceptance. In the online survey, over 77% (n = 17) of DU students reported high satisfaction with their cross-cultural learning on the study tour. The online survey included the validated Miville-Guzman Universality-Diversity scale short form (M-GUD-S). All Australian students reported seeking diversity of contact (X ± SD = 23.1 ± 4.4), relativistic appreciation (X ± SD = 24.7 ± 3.9), and comfort with differences (X ± SD = 26.2 ± 3.0), indicating high levels of openness to cultural diversity and similarity on the M-GUD-S. 

Conclusion and recommendations:
This study provides an example of an evaluated study tour emphasising cross-cultural relationship building. Findings indicate that nursing education should include opportunities for intercultural exchange among nursing students. Nurses require excellent skills in cross-cultural nursing and relating to meet the future global challenges to health care over the next millennium.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 1289 Abstract Views, 2 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Wed, 02 Oct 2013, 14:19:32 EST by Barb Lavelle

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact