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Though assessment dates back to ancient times, assessment of intercultural competence is a more recent phenomenon and is a focus of attention in the 21st century, spurred by global migration, an increasingly multicultural workplace, and escalating calls for global citizenship by educators. For example, postsecondary educational institutions frequently cite intercultural competence as a desired learning outcome. Assessment tools continue to proliferate, with more than 100 tools in existence that purport to measure varying aspects of intercultural competence, thus leading to challenges ranging from knowing what tools to select based on what they measure to determining how the tools fit with the intended goals. This entry focuses on intercultural competence assessment and explores some of the issues related to assessing this concept.

Intercultural assessment tools are ...

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