ERIC Number: ED212344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Cross-Cultural Training in the Community College Curriculum.
Coller, Richard W.; Summers, John Mark
While technological advances have transformed man's social and cultural environment and increased the interconnection between individuals and cultures, they have not in themselves led to a deeper understanding of other cultures. Educational programs can play an important role in remedying this defect and in developing students' sensitivity to other cultures as well as promoting an increased awareness of world issues. Within this framework and within the context of dramatic socioeconomic changes in Hawaii, a course in intercultural communications was developed at Kauai Community College. An existing model was adapted to the particular needs and conditions of the college and community, resulting in: (1) the adoption of a workshop format; (2) offering the course for credit; (3) the inclusion of a significant amount of the theory and principles of intercultural communication; and (4) the integration into the course of a weekend camping retreat which emphasized participation, communal involvement, and sharing of cross-cultural information. The course sought to increase the awareness, understanding, respect, and appreciation of cultural differences through discussions on common social experiences (e.g., friendship, male/female roles, and family patterns) and through the interaction of participations with different cultural backgrounds. During the ten years that the course has been offered, a great variety of students have participated in the course and endorsed it enthusiastically. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Hawaii Kauai Community College
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (Honolulu, HI, April 23-24, 1981).