Researching Emotions and Attitude through Student Teachers’ Reflections on Telecollaborative Virtual Exchange

Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication - Ana Oskoz

Francesca Helm [+-]
University of Padova
Francesca Helm is assistant professor of English at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova in Italy. Her research research interests are in the fields of identity, intercultural learning, virtual exchange and internationalisation of education. She is currently leading the Monitoring and Evaluation in the European Commission’s recently launched Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project. Recent publications include the volume Emerging Identities in Virtual Exchange https://research-publishing.net/book?10.14705/rpnet.2018.25.9782490057191
Alice Baroni [+-]
University of Padova
Alice Baroni is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies at University of Padova, Italy. Her main research interests are in (visual) ethnographic and participatory research in contexts of urban violence; the relationships between conventional and new media; policies on media and gender equality; the role of media as a tool for conflict resolution and social justice.

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Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication focuses on attitude, the “willingness to explore, learn and participate in online networks, collaborate with others, share ideas, knowledge, media and contribute to the collective construction of knowledge” (Helm & Guth, 2010, p. 81) in telecollaborative encounters. Recent studies have suggested that, to ensure successful virtual collaboration, interpersonal factors such as identity, rapport and trust are essential and the development of these factors relies heavily on the attitudinal dimension and how participants chose to reflect it in their interaction (Oskoz & Gimeno-Sanz, in press; Vinagre & Corral, 2018; Vinagre & Corral, forthcoming). In telecollaboration, research on the participants’ use of attitudinal resources has been mostly content-based and Byram’s (1997) model of intercultural competence the approach most widely used for analysis. More recently, studies have looked at attitude from a linguistic perspective, and frameworks such as appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) that examine L2 learners’ attitudes and ideological positions have been employed. Despite these efforts, research in this field is still scarce and this volume aims to further explore this topic by gathering contributions in which a variety of approaches and perspectives have been taken to investigate attitude in virtual communication.

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Helm, Francesca; Baroni, Alice. Researching Emotions and Attitude through Student Teachers’ Reflections on Telecollaborative Virtual Exchange. Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Apr 2020. ISBN 9781781799376. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39226. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39226. Apr 2020

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