Incorporating participatory action research and social media as a research tool whilst Gen-Y studies abroad

Tonia Gray*, Greg Downey

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Gen-Y students undertaking study abroad are electronically literate “digital natives.” However, their modes of social communication may be inadequate to support indelible learning. Many international exchange programmes have not kept pace with digital opportunities to reinforce intercultural learning whilst students are abroad. This chapter reports on qualitative findings from an Australian project that developed reflection-based curriculum for improving study abroad outcomes. In particular, we discuss participatory action research that used blogs and photo elicitation to augment reflection, intercultural skills, and professionalization. We conclude that social media and visual literacy, with carefully guided facilitation, produce a virtual “third space” where students reflect on cultural differences and strengthen their metacognitive skills for lifelong learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe globalisation of higher education
Subtitle of host publicationdeveloping internationalised education research and practice
EditorsTimothy Hall, Tonia Gray, Greg Downey, Michael Singh
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319745794
ISBN (Print)9783319745787
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Photo elicitation
  • Study abroad
  • Participatory action research
  • generation Y
  • Reflection
  • Social media


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