ERIC Number: ED207114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Educating Students for Communication with People from Other Cultures.
Ishii, Satoshi; Klopf, Donald W.
The principal components of intercultural contact fit into three categories: (1) determiners of behavior, including experiences, needs, values, and beliefs; (2) differences in behavior, including perception, symbol usage, and role behavior; and (3) confronting the unknown, including ethnocentrism, stereotyping, and prejudice. The University of Hawaii developed a multicultural awareness project around these components, with the objective of providing students with information on other cultures and on appropriate behavioral responses in situations where the characteristics of another culture prevail. At the elementary school level, the program consists of one course in social studies for each grade level, centered around a theme. For example, the fourth grade course focuses on the celebrations observed by various cultures, while the fifth grade course emphasizes families. The programs for secondary schools and for adults are similar to this but are more complex. The programs stress the cultural characteristics of the Japanese, Filipino, and Hawaiian groups, as well as the characteristics of other Asian groups established in Hawaii. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Asians; Hawaii; Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Conference on Foreign Language Education and Technology (Tokyo, Japan, August 19-21, 1981).