Transnational intellectual engagement via cocoon communities: inter-university videoconferencing for local and international students

Singh, Michael and Harreveld, R. E. (Bobby) and Danaher, P. A. (2013) Transnational intellectual engagement via cocoon communities: inter-university videoconferencing for local and international students. In: Cocoon communities: togetherness in the 21st century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 59-80. ISBN 978-1-4438-4242-6


The purpose of this chapter is to contribute to the debate over the problematic concept of cocoon communities. Sociologically our method follows the inductive research process that Weber (2002) employed to develop the concept, 'spirit of capitalism'. Thus, various components of the idea of cocoon communities are pieced together over the course of the chapter. Empirically, the notion of cocoon communities is explored through the educational demands of international and local students to overcome their intellectual isolation so that they might benefit from the potential richness and vibrancy of transnational research communities. The educational processes of internationalising traditional practices of nation-centred community formation are analysed in terms of contradictory but nonetheless interdependent dimensions representable by cocoon communities as sites of transnational intellectual engagement.

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Additional Information: No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. Copyright © 2013 by Mari Korpela and Fred Dervin and contributors
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 23:57
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; cocoon communities; inter-university videoconferencing; transnational education; transnational engagement
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified

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