ERIC Number: ED112289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Intercultural Relations Training for Navy Overseas Personnel. Final Report, July 1, 1973 to June 30, 1974.
Lau, Alan W.; Blanchard, Perry N.
Relatively little data exist concerning the effectiveness of Navy intercultural relations (ICR) training programs. In addition, much training research in this area is characterized by methodological and design inadequacies. The purposes of this study were to design and test a methodological model, and to provide an objective assessment of ICR training impact. It was found that training had a modest but significant effect upon the attitudes of Overseas Duty Training (ODT)/Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) and Human Resource Development Center (HRDC) IDR Personnel. ODT/PEP personnel changed significantly on 13 of 24 scales and HRDC personnel on 9 of 24 scales. Scales measured self-actualization, flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity, acceptance of self and others, leadership styles, and basic motivational patterns. The failure to detect a greater degree of change may have been due to various test ceiling effects or to the nature of the change process itself. Although the real test of program impact necessitates validation against external or in-country criteria, the results did indicate that the impact of ICR training, although modest, was consistent with the hypotheses generated for the evaluation of the training objectives of the program. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.