ERIC Number: ED129682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Cultural Self-Awareness Approach to Instruction in Intercultural Communication. Technical Report 73-17.
Kraemer, Alfred J.
This report describes development of an exercise designed to improve intercultural communication skills. The exercise is intended for use in instructional programs that prepare Americans for work in a foreign cultural environment. When persons of differing cultural backgrounds attempt to communicate with each other, each makes unwarranted, culturally conditioned assumptions about the other person. This makes communication difficult. An exercise was designed to reduce this effect through increased cultural self-awareness. Participants analyze videotapes of staged "excerpts" from intercultural dialogs that contain subtle manifestations of cultural influences that are present in American society. The participants learn how to recognize such manifestations. To facilitate this difficult process, the excerpts are grouped into sequences with each sequence showing several manifestations of the same cultural influence while noncultural influences are varied from excerpt to excerpt. In each sequence, the cultural influence is a common element that is gradually brought into focus. Scripts for 138 excerpts, grouped into 21 sequences, are presented in an appendix. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bias, Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Traits, Foreign Culture, Instructional Programs, Intercultural Programs, Program Development, Self Evaluation, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Chief of Research and Development (Army), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For a related document, see SO 009 458