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Initiating interethnic understanding through an international videoconference discussion in Macedonia

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This study examines the experiences of Macedonian high school students who participated in a videoconference with U.S. students from Indianapolis, Indiana. The Macedonian participants included both ethnic Albanian and Macedonian students who attended the same school; however, they attended in separate shifts due in part to cultural and linguistic differences and a recent history of interethnic conflict. The goal of this study was to better understand what students take away from their experience in an international videoconference. More specifically, does participation in the videoconference have any implications for how the students understand their own cultural, national, and global identifications? This study utilizes Peter Levine’s (2008) theoretical perspective that emphasizes the role of audience as a component of effective civic education, to better understand the impact of the interactions that took place in the space of the international videoconference. Data was collected from one international videoconference in Macedonia and includes two post-videoconference focus group discussions, post-videoconference surveys, and observation notes from the videoconference. The findings suggest that the students demonstrated a value for multiple perspectives in three distinct ways that can all be attributed to their interaction with the videoconference audience. Students demonstrated this through reflection on their own classroom discussions, through reflection on interethnic relations in their own communities, and in thinking critically about their own discussions and deliberations while participating in the videoconference. Ultimately, the ethnic Albanian and Macedonian students came to identify some commonality in values and attitudes through reflecting on their discussion with students from across the globe.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Clark, J. Spencer. "Initiating interethnic understanding through an international videoconference discussion in Macedonia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493917_index.html>

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Clark, J. "Initiating interethnic understanding through an international videoconference discussion in Macedonia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493917_index.html

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Abstract: This study examines the experiences of Macedonian high school students who participated in a videoconference with U.S. students from Indianapolis, Indiana. The Macedonian participants included both ethnic Albanian and Macedonian students who attended the same school; however, they attended in separate shifts due in part to cultural and linguistic differences and a recent history of interethnic conflict. The goal of this study was to better understand what students take away from their experience in an international videoconference. More specifically, does participation in the videoconference have any implications for how the students understand their own cultural, national, and global identifications? This study utilizes Peter Levine’s (2008) theoretical perspective that emphasizes the role of audience as a component of effective civic education, to better understand the impact of the interactions that took place in the space of the international videoconference. Data was collected from one international videoconference in Macedonia and includes two post-videoconference focus group discussions, post-videoconference surveys, and observation notes from the videoconference. The findings suggest that the students demonstrated a value for multiple perspectives in three distinct ways that can all be attributed to their interaction with the videoconference audience. Students demonstrated this through reflection on their own classroom discussions, through reflection on interethnic relations in their own communities, and in thinking critically about their own discussions and deliberations while participating in the videoconference. Ultimately, the ethnic Albanian and Macedonian students came to identify some commonality in values and attitudes through reflecting on their discussion with students from across the globe.


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