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Cultural Diversity, Leadership, and Collaborative Learning Systems: An Experimental Study

Cultural Diversity, Leadership, and Collaborative Learning Systems: An Experimental Study
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Author(s): John Lim (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Yingqin Zhong (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch223
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Collaborative learning systems (CLS) have received increasing research attention owing to advances in technology as well as paradigmatic shifts in the educational arena. This paper reports on a laboratory experiment with a 2X2 factorial design, conducted to investigate the effects of cultural diversity and leadership within a CLS context. The dependent variables were individual learning performance, satisfaction with process and attitude towards the CLS usage. Leadership was found to have a positive effect on performance; however, it lowered learners’ satisfaction with the process because it narrowed the openness of the discussion in the collaboration process. As compared to the culturally homogeneous groups, a more positive attitude towards CLS usage was observed in the culturally heterogeneous groups.

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