ERIC Number: ED209168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Intercultural Experience as a Planned Learning Experience.
Kraemer, Alfred J.
This paper presents two proposals for improving programs that prepare groups for an intercultural experience. The paper should be helpful to instructors who train foreign service personnel, technical advisors, Peace Corps volunteers, and missionaries. First, instructors should make participants in a training program aware of the severe limitations of their instruction. Programs usually devote a portion of their instruction to developing the participant's understanding of the other culture. However, time available for that part of the program typically ranges from a few hours to a few days. In such a brief period, even the best instruction can develop only a very limited and superficial understanding of the other culture. Participants should be made aware of these severe limitations and be provided with a detailed outline of their remaining ignorance of relevant aspects of the other culture. The second proposal which follows logically from the first is that the intercultural experience should be a planned learning experience. This means that one's learning to understand that other culture would proceed systematically, according to a plan, and under the learner's control. The plan would vary somewhat for different individuals. Instruction would have to familiarize participants with the plan they are to follow, and help them develop the cognitive skills they will need to understand and employ the concepts and techniques involved in this kind of learning process. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August, 1981).