Intercultural Effectiveness II
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Why do students from different cultural backgrounds, residing in a shared accommodation behave differently?
The aim of the study was to understand how students from different cultural backgrounds, residing in a shared accommodation behave differently. In an attempt to answer this question three female students who live together were observed, the individuals involved originated from India, Ghana and England. The data was collected using questionnaires, Interviews and observations. The findings were analysed to draw common and contrasting themes. There were themes like Family orientedness, career choices, independence- freedom, food habits, aromas, religion, cultural pride, and interaction patterns. The study concluded that individuals are products of cultures and that defined the majority of their behaviour. However, there is a part of every individual that is influenced by many other factors like friends, community, education system, life events and the time era that an individual is born in. The study has limitations of being time bound and being a small sample size. The implication of the study is on making people culturally tolerant. Introduction
Recently the world has become a diverse community, due to the availability of mobility and technology. Media, business and Internet have brought the world to an individual’s disposal for exploration. Individual’s like to travel out of their own countries and taste the world around. Nevertheless, the UK education system attracts lot of international students. Nottingham has been one of the key cities that attract a multi-cultural crowd. One of the popular accommodations for these students is Cotton Mills in Radford. There are 53 flats with either 6 or 4 bedrooms (Appendix 1) for a reasonable price....