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ERIC Number: EJ1000094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
Employing Constructivist Models of Culture Teaching for Enhanced Efficacy in Pre-Departure, Cross-Cultural Training
Ashby, Wendy
Applied Language Learning, v22 n1-2 p1-20 2012
This article presents a case for adopting a constructivist approach in the teaching of culture to federal, business and civilian personnel. In support of this argument, the author: (1) outlines the history of culture teaching as it progresses from behaviorist through cognitive to constructivist orientations; (2) argues that a constructivist paradigm is key to designing and delivering culture training that meets current U.S. security needs; and (3) illustrates how such a paradigm could be operationalized by analyzing a failed cross-cultural encounter and demonstrating how constructivist pre-departure training could have mitigated the negative outcomes. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China