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ERIC Number: ED163524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Cross-Cultural Training.
Kohls, Robert
Among the characteristics of training (such as cross-cultural training) that differentiate it from traditional classroom education are its attention to how adults learn, preference for the experiential approach, emphasis on "learning how to learn," and tailoring to meet individual needs. Seven issues are considered to be most important in current cross-cultural training: (1) Different approaches are appropriate for different cultures. The current United States approach, for example, is inappropriate for non-Westerners. (2) Hidden but obtrusive cultural assumptions underlie all statements and actions; for example, Americans' concepts of fate, change, and equality are very different from those of non-Westerners. (3) Both generic training and training about specific countries is necessary. (4) The content presented in training must not be considered secondary to the training process. (5) Behavioral objectives should be incorporated in training. (6) Trainers need to deal with such obstacles to learning as trainees' needs for logistic information and the tendency to believe that all people are basically alike. (Three difficult cross-cultural training situations are described and questions are presented to guide in discussing them.) (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Speech Communication Association Summer Conference on Intercultural Communication (2nd, Tampa, Florida, July 17-21, 1978)