A workshop exploring how intercultural competences can be incorporated within the curriculum

Visram, Zabin and Kanuga, Ingrid (2017) A workshop exploring how intercultural competences can be incorporated within the curriculum. In: UALL Work and Learning Network Annual Conference, 23 June 2017, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In today’s multicultural society students can expect to work in multicultural groups as part of their professional practice (Sweeney et al. 2008; Krishnamurthi 2003). Therefore the ability to work in multicultural groups is seen as an integral part of a student’s competency within higher education (Papov et al. 2012).

Multicultural education pathways provide for many benefits. The greater diversity in communication styles helps development of intercultural competence (De Vita 2000; Popav et al. 2012) and increases performance in team project tasks (De Vita 2000). Equally it provides challenges due to different cultural behaviour patterns. As Bourdieu (1990) and the Hofstede (1980) model identified, each culture inherits its own societal behavioural norms. A lack of knowledge of the differences in members’ social norms and values may provide for conflicts.

Intercultural competences is a relatively new field of study within literature. Due to globalisation students now need the skillset to help them work collaborative with different cultures. Intercultural competences has been defined as: “The ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations and relate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts”. Bennett and Bennett (2004).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiculturalism
Subjects: Education
Education > Higher education > HE pedagogies
Education > Higher education
Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality
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Depositing User: ZABIN VISRAM
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 13:20
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 15:39
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3556

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