ERIC Number: ED573967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Engagement. TLTC Paper No. 1. CRLT Occasional Paper No. 32
Kusano, Stephanie M.; Conger, Amy J.; Wright, Mary C.
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Students need to develop a variety of critical thinking and interpersonal skills in order to contribute successfully to today's increasingly globalized world. The Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan has implemented a plan known as Transforming Learning for a Third Century (TLTC) as part of its broader Third Century Initiative. This plan aims to foster development of such skills, with special emphasis on five distinct learning goals: (1) Creativity; (2) Intercultural engagement; (3) Social/civic responsibility and ethical reasoning; (4) Communication, collaboration, and teamwork; and (5) Self-agency, and the ability to innovate and take risks. The intercultural engagement goal is focused on fostering students' understanding of the role of values and culture in driving decisions, and supporting students as they develop the flexibility to work with others who have different values. More so than any previous generation, it is important for the University of Michigan to offer students opportunities to practice communicating and working with others from many different cultures and background experiences in intelligent, productive, and respectful ways. Aligned with previous TLTC Occasional Papers, this paper begins with a discussion of what intercultural engagement means and how it is conceptualized in the literature, followed by a discussion of the importance of this goal for student development. A summary of different approaches to promote intercultural engagement will then be offered. This paper concludes with an examination of how to assess these skills with an emphasis on choosing appropriate measures.
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Skill Development, Creativity, Cultural Awareness, Social Responsibility, Citizenship Responsibility, Ethics, Communication Skills, Cooperation, Teamwork, Self Concept, Innovation, Values, Decision Making, College Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
Identifiers - Location: Michigan