“I start to doubt myself when I am watching this”: Moments of (self)-reflexivity in a virtual exchange project between China and Finland

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Published

2023-12-31

Section: Regular Articles

Authors

  • Jun Peng Email ORCiD University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Fred Dervin Email ORCiD University of Helsinki, Finland
DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/ice.v6n3.1010

Abstract

Although virtual exchange has been widely discussed during the (post-)pandemic era, how students do (self-)reflexivity in this context has yet to be fully explored. This study examines interviews with Chinese and Finnish university students about how they reflect on their virtual exchanges by presenting them with videoclips of their encounters. Grounded in Foucault’s (1988) technologies of the self and Clark & Author 2’s (20xx) multidimensions of (self-)reflexivity, the study examines how (self-)reflexivity is co-constructed by individuals, the media and researchers (e.g., ways of doing (self-)reflexivity adopted by students). Further, we investigate how they conceptualize interculturality based on their own (self-)reflexivity. Recommendations for (online) intercultural education are given based on the findings, inviting scholars and researchers to rethink and unthink the notion of (self-)reflexivity in intercultural education.

 

 

 


Keywords: virtual exchange, (self-)reflexivity, interculturality, China, Finland

Suggested Citation:

Peng, J., & Dervin, F. (2023). “I start to doubt myself when I am watching this”: Moments of (self)-reflexivity in a virtual exchange project between China and Finland. Intercultural Communication Education, 6(3), 92–111. https://doi.org/10.29140/ice.v6n3.1010