Crosscultural Differences in Perceptions of Justice; Consequences for Academia

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Vasyl Taras, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Most universities around the world have experienced an increase in international student enrollment. Cultural diversity may be greatly beneficial, but if not managed properly it may lead to problems in the classroom and beyond. The challenges associated with cultural diversity - such as differences in languages, management styles, protocols and traditions - have been widely discussed in the literature. This article focuses on a less obvious issue, crosscultural differences in perceptions of justice and their consequences for academic settings. Depending on their cultural background, students' opinions about the fairness of academic rewards, punishments and procedures may differ substantially. Our arguments and recommendations are based on generalisation of findings from 98 empirical studies that explored relationships between culture and issues of justice. We support our discussion with a series of examples typical for the college environment. The study may be of interest to a wide range of readers, including teachers, educational administrators, students and business practitioners.

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International Studies in Educational Administration Volume 36, Number 3,2008
Language: English
Date: 2008
International students, cultural diversity, challenges in diversity, justice perceptions, academics

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