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ERIC Number: ED536445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Predicting Intercultural Sensitivity Using Demographic Variables among College of Agriculture Undergraduate Students
Fabregas Janeiro, Maria G.; Kelsey, Kathleen D.; Robinson, Shane J.
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 8 p710-719 2012
Employers seek interculturally sensitive professionals who can successfully navigate among a variety of cultures and serve as ambassadors to promote commerce internationally. To facilitate the development of interculturally sensitive citizens, universities offer students a variety of opportunities, such as studying abroad and internationally designated courses (I-courses), with the assumption that by experiencing another culture, participants will deepen their levels of interculturally sensitivity. These assumptions are rarely tested empirically. The purpose of the study was to determine if agriculture students' level of intercultural sensitivity differed in terms of the type of intercultural experience selected (studying abroad experience or I-course) and various demographic variables. The findings indicated that 98.01% of the students were operating at the lowest levels of intercultural sensitivity (ethnocentric stage), as measured by a standardized and validated instrument. In conclusion, agriculture undergraduate college students' level of intercultural sensitivity did not differ in terms of the type of intercultural experience selected (studying abroad vs. I-course) or various demographic variables including college year. Implications suggest that neither the time spent in college (from freshman to senior years) nor experiences (studying abroad or I-courses) increased levels of intercultural sensitivity among population studied. Due to the importance of developing intercultural sensitivity among the student body, it is recommended that colleges of agriculture implement a multi-pronged approach to developing intercultural sensitivity among undergraduates, including empirically tested experiences that are known to increase cultural competency. Future research should focus on identifying variables that predict changes in intercultural sensitivity, so that program planners can achieve their goal of developing intercultural competence among the student body. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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