The project was sponsored by the Australia-Japan Foundation to encourage schools and universities in Australia and Japan to build friendship and understanding. The project was led by Grace Oakley and Mark Pegrum from the Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, with partners from several universities in Japan. The project involved students from Australia and Japan creating digital storybooks to exchange with their peers in the other country as a means of supporting their language learning and intercultural understanding. Dr Fiona Mayne was a co-researcher from the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia.

Partners in Japan were:

Professor Joseph Tomei from Kumumoto Gakuen University, Kumumoto, Kyushu, Japan

Dr Bruce Lander from Matsuyama University, Shikoku, Japan

Ms Nicole Sonobe, Vice Director of the International Exchange Center, Nishikyushu University, Saga, Japan

Associate Professor Mark De Boer,  Akita, Honshu, Japan

The nine participating schools, five of which were from Western Australia, and four from Japan, cannot be named for privacy reasons but we would like to thank the school principals, teachers and students for their participation.


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