ERIC Number: ED360417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Design for Cross-Cultural Learning.
Sikkema, Mildred; Niyekawa, Agnes
The essence of cross-cultural learning and how it can be effectively incorporated into an academic program are explored. A design for cross-cultural learning is proposed that can be applied anywhere in the educational process from high school through professional training. It is based on the experiences of the authors in experimental programs in Hawaii and the Pacific. It is predicated on the idea that becoming familiar with one new culture builds the framework for understanding and accepting other cultures. The educational design begins with a pre-field seminar meeting at the campus for weekly sessions of cultural learning for a term. The second step is field experience of at least 2 months in another culture. This phase includes a weekly seminar and keeping a journal by students. A final step is the post-field program on campus with learning summaries and weekly meetings for a term to integrate theory and practice. Appendixes discuss implementing the design, stages of learning in the field experience, and adapting the design to existing study abroad programs. Contains 101 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Field Experience Programs, High Schools, Higher Education, Intercultural Programs, International Educational Exchange, Multicultural Education, Student Exchange Programs, Student Experience, Study Abroad, Theory Practice Relationship
Intercultural Press, Inc., P.O. Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 ($12.95 plus $2 shipping for first book and $0.50 for each additional book).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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