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ERIC Number: ED357388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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What Have You Packed in Your Suitcase? Going International Now and in the Twenty-First Century.
Weiss, Timothy
Teachers and students need to "repack their suitcases" by revising, or re-envisioning, their metaphors of business, models of communication, conceptual frameworks of interculturalism and internationalism, and molds of professional identity. Popular business communication metaphors, most of which focus on the idea of competition, need to be replaced with dialogic models that depict communication as collaborative, contextual, and constructive. The transmission model of communication should be replaced with metaphors that convey the idea of dialogue and interdependence. Teachers and students of intercultural communication need to establish a framework of concepts to guide them. Basic concepts of a framework include: the ambiguity of cross-cultural signifiers; culture as changing construction; and culture as plurality. Students must construct new professional identities for themselves, not just accept the professional identities of the past. However, college and university curricula often put barriers in the path of students who seek to construct a hybrid, interdisciplinary identity. A curriculum model that fosters global awareness and a knowledge of languages, cultures, and business is offered by Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Key to success in this endeavor will be a new emphasis on language learning, a new understanding of the interdependence in the global socio-economic order and a new spirit of interdisciplinarity at colleges and universities. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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