Recently the number of international students at Japanese universities has been increasing rapidly and many of Japanese universities have introduced intercultural co-learning classes, where Japanese students and international students learn from each other in the same curriculum. In this study, we examined and analyzed how Japanese students who had different overseas experiences interacted with each other in intercultural co-learning classes, whereas it is natural that Japanese students and international students interact with each other. After finishing group work of intercultural co-learning classes, we divided Japanese students who had no overseas experiences into two groups, one was the students with Japanese students who had experienced studying abroad (Group A), and the other the students with Japanese students who had not (Group B). According to the answers of questionnaires which consisted of skill and ability students could obtain through international co-learning classes, the students who had no overseas experiences in Group A obtained much sense of self-efficiency in the items of “You were able to have an open mind and behave”, "You were able to join group work with good teamwork", and so on compared to the students who had no overseas experiences in Group B. In addition, we had interviews with the students who had no overseas experiences in Group A, and clarified the process of how they were influenced from leadership, personality, and behave of the Japanese students who had overseas experiences, and of how they obtained the sense of self-efficiency mentioned above.
Yu Sengoku, Shinshu University, Japan
Hirokazu Nagata, Shinshu University, Japan
Stream: International Education
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