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ERIC Number: EJ1052279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2065-1430
Measurement Units. Intercultural Educational Activities
Magdas, Ioana
Acta Didactica Napocensia, v2 suppl 1 p51-56 2009
Today's society is characterized by a plurality of cultures in such a way that a person will often interact and interrelate with new cultures. The situation becomes even more complicated when one has to adapt to a new culture for a short period of time (travel or study visit) or a long period of time (new work place, emigration etc.). Any person's first impulse when getting ready to travel to a foreign country is to find out as much as possible about the respective country and its culture. Most of the time however, some details which are related to the practical aspects of such a visit are neglected. By this we mean everything from obtaining a visa (if necessary) to the shopping you need to do once you have arrived in the country. The first surprise might arise at the border when you might be asked to write you height or weight in a form using a different measurement unit (for instance feet or inch instead of cm) and can continue with distances being expressed in miles not in km, having to fill the gas tank using gallons and not liters and even being forced to shop where weight is expressed in lb instead of kg etc. Subsequently, intercultural education must not overlook the aspects formerly presented. In the present article we present a set of didactic activities which serve the purpose of familiarizing pupils with different measurement units so as to cope easily with situations that required interacting with new cultures or with people that are part of other cultures.
Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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