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This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 12: Attribution across Cultures: One's Effort is Another's Ability!
Attribution across Cultures: One's Effort is Another's Ability!
Making attributions about the cause of people's behavior is not always easy within one's own culture, and the process is further complicated in intercultural interactions by the existence of different cultural standards, norms, and references. Let us say a person is hospitalized for surgery. When this person receives flowers and a “get well soon” card from a friend, what attribution should he or she make? Should the patient be thankful to the friend for the consideration shown and consider the person a close friend, or should the patient think of the person as not a close friend and someone who cannot find the time to visit the ...