The journey towards cultural competence

Higson, Helen E. (2008). The journey towards cultural competence. Speaking English, 41 (1), pp. 12-16.

Abstract

Graduates increasingly need to operate across national and cultural boundaries. This paper discusses the need to ensure that all students are equipped to operate within complex and diverse multicultural environments. The work builds on three earlier studies. Using these, the author has created a new theoretical framework and designed an intervention which aimed to increase diverse students' awareness of intercultural differences and their ability to function effectively in multicultural learning (and thus work) environments. The paper evaluates this highly innovative training. It concludes that it was effective in making a wide range of students aware of issues around cultural difference and competence. The training significantly changed the outlook of students who took part in it. Whilst the framework was robust, effective, and generalisable to other contexts, there are a number of issues which will be addressed in the re-running the programme.

Divisions: Aston Business School
Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Languages & Social Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural competence
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Published Date: 2008
Authors: Higson, Helen E. ( 0000-0003-3433-2823)

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