ERIC Number: ED437118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Action Methods for Teaching Cultural Diversity Awareness.
This paper is devoted to the description of action methods that can be used to provide a practical understanding and awareness of culturally diverse material. It draws from such varied disciplines as cross-cultural psychology, international business, and sociodrama, with the goal of suggesting a methodology for using role playing to teach ethnic, social, racial, religious, and cultural differences across the curriculum. In business and politics, the understanding of culturally sensitive issues has become a necessary means for survival. The study sought to find material on how diversity could be taught rather than what would be taught, using business contacts involved in diversity training for managers in various countries and asking to view their training materials. The aim was to amplify the principles outlined by Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner in "Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business" (Second Edition) through the specific use of selected action methods. The purpose of doing this is to make the learning process more experiential by extracting greater understanding and increased competence in settling culturally sensitive dilemmas. The paper extensively examines the use of the "cultural double" as an action method that is typically used for three main purposes: providing emotional support, giving emotional expression, and reorganizing perceptions. (Contains 11 references.) (VWC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Issues of Education at Community Colleges: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University, 1998-1999; see JC 000 068.