Title: Using information and communication technologies as a partnership enabler: challenges and recommendations

Authors: Zuochen Zhang

Addresses: Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave. Windsor, N9B 3P4, Canada

Abstract: The Reciprocal Learning in Teacher Education and School Education between Canada and China is a partnership research program funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, and nine educational institutions from Canada and China are involved in this program. Since the beginning of the program, a variety of information and communication technologies (ICT) have been employed to support different aspects of the research program. This paper intends to not only report what has been experienced by the ICT Team, but also have discussions on the use of ICT in cross-cultural partnership research programs. It is recommended that a number of factors, such as cultural, geographical, social and political, should be understood and considered for a successful partnership program.

Keywords: reciprocal learning; teacher education; school education; partnership enablers; information and communication technology; ICT; information technology; Canada; China; cross-cultural partnerships; cross-cultural research; culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJQRS.2016.082646

International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services, 2016 Vol.2 No.3, pp.180 - 187

Received: 04 Jun 2016
Accepted: 04 Jun 2016

Published online: 04 Mar 2017 *

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