ERIC Number: ED390092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching Speech Communication in Malaysia: Negotiating the Malays' Malaise.
Dick, Robert C.; Robinson, Brenda M.
A study examined a cooperative international education program established between Indiana University and the government of Malaysia entitled the Institut Teknologi MARA/Midwest University Consortium for International Activities (ITM/MUCIA). It further explored the issues to be addressed in turning over the program to Malaysian faculty and assuring the effectiveness of the courses and credit transferability to Indiana. The ethnographic study investigated the unique elements in the culture of Malaysian students enrolled in ITM/MUCIA that affect their speech communication education. For example, student classroom behavior differed from that in the United States--students talked loudly amongst themselves when designated speakers were delivering discourses, yet were quiet when an instructor spoke and whispered answers when called upon. Conclusions were that: (1) the Malaysian students in MUCIA have received speech communication training equal to that in the American classroom; (2) to assure credit transferability to Indiana University, the Malaysian faculty should supplement language focus with reasoning, critical thinking, and application of supporting material; and (3) the latter must be done while seeking maximum use of freedom of speech within the religious, governmental, and cultural parameters existent in Malaysia. (Contains 23 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Educational Cooperation, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Intercultural Communication, International Programs, Program Effectiveness, Speech Communication, Student Behavior, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana University; Malaysia; Malaysians
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Convention of the World Communication Association (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 1995).