ERIC Number: ED034123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Intercultural Training for Foreign Assistance.
Dove, Charles James
An attempt was made to design and test an intercultural training program to prepare new employees for foreign assistance work. The desired skill was communication which seeks information and potential areas of agreement, includes personal content, and is alert to cultural influences on communication. Sixty-five new Agency for International Development employees attended a week of training involving skill exercises, role playing, and simulation. Gains were noted in such areas as seeking information as compared to giving it, introducing personal content into communication, ability to recommend effective communication techniques, and perception of a change agent's role as helping people to solve their own problems in their own way. Correlations between future assignments and training results were insignificant. Moreover, no conclusion could be drawn as to the influence of professional background on learning, or to indicate that changes stemmed from increased awareness of cultural and value system influences on communication. Recommendations for program improvement and further research were made. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Communication (Thought Transfer), Consultants, Cross Cultural Training, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Experimental Programs, Program Design, Research, Role Playing, Simulation, Technical Assistance, Training Methods
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.