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ERIC Number: ED374474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 28
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Chinese Students Avoid Interpersonal Communication: An Analysis of the Problem and Suggestions for Retention.
Elkins, Michael
Juxtaposing Chinese and American culture, this paper anticipates problems Chinese students have with their perception of the interpersonal communication course and suggests lesson plans American teachers can utilize. The paper first discusses salient patterns within the American and Chinese educational systems, noting that Chinese students are praised for engaging in collectivist behavior, while the American system emphasizes self-reliance and self-confidence. The paper then presents six complete lesson plans (listing objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, and selected references) that teach interpersonal and intercultural communication theory. The themes of the lesson plans presented in the paper are: (1) misconceptions about multicultural education; (2) appropriateness of self-disclosure depending on cultural background; (3) Chinese values and collectivist behavior; (4) greater self-awareness; (5) salience of the power of "disequilibrium"; and (6) perceptions of higher education. The paper concludes that interpersonal communication teachers need to incorporate a more multicultural instructional approach. Contains 22 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China