ERIC Number: ED225221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Furthering Adjustment: An Application of Inoculation Theory in an Intercultural Context.
Briggs, Nancy E.; Harwood, Glenn R.
A significant need exists for new and expanded training programs for people who must interact with different cultures. When people experience a new cultural environment, they are likely to experience conflict between their own cultural predispositions and the values, beliefs, and opinions of the host culture. A training program, the Cultural Communication Capsule, can aid in cross-cultural adaptation by improving interpersonal and social communication skills. Employing the metaphor of inoculation, the capsule is intended to immunize and inoculate against the erosion of self-image and self-confidence that results when people who do not understand a host culture's norms feel that their own cultural norms under attack. The program consists of discussion questions to stimulate new value orientation and uses exercises and simulation games organized around 10 elements: (1) linguistic variables, (2) identity and status, (3) historical and political climates, (4) social values and structures, (5) economic trends, (6) technological language vocabularies, (7) nonverbal communication, (8) family/friends, (9) employment skills, and (10) company policy. The questions relate to cultural norms that underlie communication on-the-job specifically and the new cultural environment in general. (Sample questions for each of the 10 elements are provided.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Albuquerque, NM, February 18-22, 1983).