ERIC Number: ED202047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Proposal for a Phenomenological Approach to Developing Orientation Programs.
Tsukahira, Rita J.
Sojourners, people who stay for a period of time in countries of which they are not natives, sometimes may encounter communication situations for which they are not prepared. A program seems necessary whereby people living in nonfamiliar cultures can learn to interpret cultural idiosyncrasies inherent in communication patterns and to function as more effective communicators within the foreign culture. To ensure a match between program content and participant needs, this paper contends that a successful program for sojourners should be based upon a phenomenological perspective, one that aligns the training curriculum with the needs that the sojourners themselves and others with the sojourners' viewpoint have expressed. To develop this point, the paper examines (1) the interrelationship between culture and communication, (2) the nature of existing orientation programs (their theoretical bases and the methodologies they use), (3) the existing programs, and (4) a proposal for a phenomenological approach to developing sojourner-orientation programs. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 14-18, 1981).