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ERIC Number: ED377011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 5
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Intercultural Competence through Experience Based Training.
Foster, John
In the next century there will be a critical need for diverse groups of people to have positive social relationships and share diminishing resources. The movement toward equality involves more than passing laws that mandate equality; it involves the restructuring of primitive beliefs within individuals and whole communities. Experience-based training integrates the existing knowledge base about human learning patterns and social interaction with the perspective of the individual to create a powerful climate for personal growth and behavioral change. In the 21st century, this critical resource may provide the missing link between understanding human behavior and acting upon that knowledge. Experiential education is an especially powerful method for individual growth and social change because it is holistic. Not only are intellectual challenges involved, but experiential education also provides people with practice in dealing with the psychoemotional aspects of fear, risk, and disequilibrium, as well as the joy and excitement of mastery. In experience-based training, this all occurs in a safe, supportive social environment. The "Awareness Stretch" is a simple model that can guide personal assessment of intercultural competence. As in similar typologies, there is a progression from denial to acceptance of difference. However, the Awareness Stretch continues on to levels of adapting and competence, where institutional and inculturated structures and behaviors are challenged. These final stages of growth pave the way for real social change. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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