Global Engagement > Partnerships > Programs for Partner Institutions > Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Topics in Developmental Psychology
In this GLE project, Professor Yan Li incorporated a GLE component that involved a group research project that was carried out through group discussions, group homework assignments (i.e., research on the topic, find cross-cultural similarities and differences), and a group presentation. DePaul students in this class were partnered with psychology students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in groups. The interactions between students in two countries took place in mostly asynchronized discussions via WhatsApp. For the cross-cultural group projects, students researched the literature, social policies, and laws pertinent to the topic within their culture. Then they compared their findings and found cross-cultural similarities and differences. Students from both cultures also discussed via WhatsApp about their takeaway messages from the cross-cultural comparisons. The goal of this research collaboration was to enrich students' cultural understanding on the developmental psychology topics and enhance their appreciation of global interconnectedness.
Students learned to synthesize the body of literature on the
Students analyzed cultural influences on child
development by examining what happened on the topic in the partner country.
Students exercised communication, presentation,
and writing skills.
"Students in both cultures showed strong interests in the research topics
and promoted each other’s understanding of the topic in the global context. They
demonstrated growth in their knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity
as shown in the presentations and reflection papers."
~ Yan Li
"It was the first virtual exchange experience for CUHK students who were
really enthusiastic and hardworking during the GLE project. They indeed have
not only learnt a lot about the American culture on the topics concerning child
development they jointly chose to research with DePaul students, but also got
to know more about the learning styles of their American counterparts."~ Qian Wang
Institution: DePaul University Discipline: PsychologyCourse name: Child Psychology
Institution: The Chinese University of Hong KongDiscipline: PsychologyCourse name: Education and Human Development in Cultural Contexts
DePaul UniversityChicago, IL, United States
The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong, China
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