Date of Award
Bachelor of Science Honours
Faculty of Communications, Health and Science
The study investigated the perceived effects of cross-cultural interaction on ab-initio flight crew training between Anglo Australian flight instructors and Asian students. Students and instructors perceptions were sought as to whether they believed that cross-cultural interaction would impede learning. The sample included forty-eight students and nine instructors from two flying schools. Thirty-eight students were required to complete a 15 item survey and ten students and nine instructors participated in a semi-structured interview. The research identified four specific areas - language, studying and teaching methods, attitudes towards asking questions, and command decision making. Cross-cultural interaction was found to be an integral factor in determining the rate and quality of learning. The results showed that language barriers and different cultural expectations (i.e. studying and teaching methods, attitudes towards asking questions, and reticence to make command decisions) led to a reduction in the quality of training and an increase in learning time.
Goh, D. (1999). The Perceived Effects of Cross-Cultural Interaction on Flight Crew Training Between Anglo-Australian Flight Instructors and Asian Students. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/817