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ERIC Number: ED318042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 23
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Organizational Multiculturalism: Towards a Model of Diversity Sensitivity in the Teaching of Organizational Communication.
Foeman, Anita
Too often African American students in communication courses are confronted with communication principles which to them seem inappropriate, unrealistic, and simply false. Current conceptualizations of organizational communication suggest that the organization consists of one culture (often depicted as predominantly white and predominantly male). Yet demographics indicate a changing work force consisting of fewer white males (one projection suggests only 15% by the year 2000) and more women and minorities. With the influx of new faces come new cultures. Instructors of organizational communication must address the issue of multiculturalism as they prepare students for the transition to a rapidly evolving workplace, one in which organizational life is no longer dominated by a single set of cultural norms. Organizational communication should be presented in a manner which is open to the possibility of many cultures rather than one culture and which considers the possibility that different organizational members function within different organizational environments. This goal may be accomplished by making explicit the assumptions made as reality is constructed through the process of organizational communication. It should be understood that this process goes on in different ways in different places throughout the organization. Students must be nurtured to understand that Black students, Asian students, Hispanic students, and White Anglo-Saxon Protestant students must evaluate communication "skill" in the context of their own and other cultural beliefs, attitudes, and value systems--otherwise their communication will be ineffective. (Twenty references are attached. An appendix contains a model for designing culturally sensitive communication courses.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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