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ERIC Number: EJ1104869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Influence of Cross-Cultural Experiences & Location on Teachers' Perceptions of Cultural Competence
Lopes-Murphy, Solange A.; Murphy, Christopher G.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v16 n3 p57-71 Jun 2016
The increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in academic settings necessitates greater cultural competence on the part of teachers, and enhancing the cultural competence of teachers requires a greater understanding of both the level of cultural competence among teachers and the experiences that enhance cultural competence. Teacher educators and pre- and in-service teachers from two geographic regions in the U.S. completed a cultural competence survey, and their responses were used to construct a cultural competence score. Cultural competence scores were higher in the Mid-Atlantic location than in the Midwest location, and the scores of participants were positively related to the extent of three cross-cultural experiences (speaking a foreign language, having been abroad, and having friends from other cultures). ANCOVA revealed an independent effect for teacher group and cross-cultural experiences, but not for location. The results of this study highlight the importance of cross-cultural experiences in the development of cultural competence and the importance to institutions of higher learning of understanding the cross-cultural experiences typical of the locations from where they draw their students.
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teachers, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Scores, Student Diversity, Second Language Learning, Correlation, Friendship, Likert Scales, Nonparametric Statistics, Travel, Study Abroad
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