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ERIC Number: EJ925588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Assessing Intercultural Competence
Deardorff, Darla K.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n149 p65-79 Spr 2011
In his book "Our Underachieving Colleges," Derek Bok laments the poor job postsecondary institutions are doing in preparing students for the twenty-first century. Other scholars have likewise noted the central responsibility of today's institutions of higher education being to train students to function more effectively in the integrated world system. This brings intercultural competence and diversity to the fore of what needs to be addressed within student learning. Thus intercultural competence development is playing, and will continue to play, an ever-increasing role in the future, given the growing diversity of American society. Given the growing importance of intercultural competence within postsecondary education, it becomes imperative to more closely examine what this concept is and how best to assess it in students. This article explores definitions of intercultural competence, highlights some practices and lessons learned in the development of intercultural competence, and offers practical guidance in assessing intercultural competence. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States