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Developmental Psychology from a Cross-cultural Perspective

Project Summary:

  • In this developmental psychology virtual exchange project, students from Chicago and Weifang conducted a cross-cultural research project, in which students had to rely on their respective partners to collect data in the partner country which they could then use for a cross-cultural comparison. In addition to the research project findings, students learned effective practices and policies from the partner country that could be adopted to their home country to promote positive child development. The major components of this GLE included research design, design revision, data collection, and summarizing students' findings, as well as a group presentation via VoiceThread. Utilizing various virtual tools, students in each group engaged in regular discussions and completed pre-GLE and post-GLE surveys.

Project Length:

  • Seven Weeks

Technology tools used:

  • D2L
  • Zoom
  • WeChat
  • Voicethread

Interaction mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students learned to synthesize the body of literature of topic.
  • Students gained hands on experiences with conducting a research project.
  • Students analyzed cultural influences child development and gained insights into possible intervention and prevention ideas by examining what happens in the partner country.
  • Students excised communication skills and writing skills.

Reflection Component:

  • Students reflected their global learning experience through a reflection paper and a pre - and post - GLE survey, created by the professors, which assessed their global knowledge and intercultural communication skills. 

Yan Li

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Psychology
Course name: Child Psychology

Xiaoli Liu

Institution: Weifang Medical University
Discipline: Psychology
Course name: Introduction to Psychology

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States


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