ERIC Number: ED424451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Promoting Intercultural Understanding. Trends and Issues Alerts.
This brief highlights some of the trends in the literature related to intercultural understanding and provides a list of resources that can be used by educators in promoting it. The consensus of the literature on promoting cultural understanding is that the term "culture" generally refers to a system of beliefs, customs, and behaviors shared by a group of individuals. The terms "cultural competence" and "intercultural competence" are used in reference to the need to develop an understanding and appreciation for cultures other than one's own. Assisting individuals in developing intercultural competence is the basis for a number of sources that deal specifically with teaching and learning. Some sources contain practical information for developing training programs, whereas others reflect organizations' interests in competing in the global marketplace and managing an increasingly diverse work force. Several sources caution that efforts to celebrate or appreciate differences may ultimately reinforce stereotypes or cause members of some socially defined groups to be viewed as somehow different from the "mainstream." Promoting intercultural understanding is an important and complex topic that has ramifications for adult, career, and vocational education. (An annotated bibliography contains 20 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Exchange, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Immigrants, Interpersonal Competence, Models, Needs Assessment, Resource Materials, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Guides, Textbooks, Theory Practice Relationship, Training Methods, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.