ERIC Number: ED429911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook.
Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.
This workbook serves as a map to guide Peace Corps trainees through their cross-cultural experience and as a record of thoughts and feelings as they live and work in their host country. The workbook examines the behaviors and values of people in the host country in relation to those of the people in the trainees' native country; it does not intend to suggest that American culture is superior or inferior to the host country's culture. The workbook covers the following fundamentals of culture: the concept of self, personal versus societal obligations, the concept of time, the locus of control, and comparing American and host country views. Following an introduction, the workbook contains the following chapters: (1) "Understanding Culture"; (2) "American Culture and American Diversity"; (3) "Styles of Communication"; (4) "Culture in the Workplace"; (5) "Social Relationships"; and (6) "Adjusting to a New Culture." Appendixes contain information on using cultural informants, joining in, keeping a journal, learning from the media and the arts, critical incidents, and studying an institution. Answers to chapter questions are also provided. (BT)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Culture Contact, Foreign Countries, Sociocultural Patterns
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328; Tel: 202-512-1800 (stock no. 056-000-00052-6, $20).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.