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 16: The Barnyard
Culture shock is a broad concept that refers to the cognitive and emotional responses to living, working, or traveling in an unfamiliar environment. Among the common symptoms of culture shock are feelings of frustration, confusion, anger, disorientation, depression, isolation, and fear (Bock, 1970; Furnham & Bochner, 1986; Oberg, 1960). Finding one's self in an unfamiliar culture, as Brislin (1993) notes, one may experience “shock” at the inability to make one's self understood or to figure out why others are behaving as they do.
Culture shock is often triggered by exposure to unfamiliar aspects of another culture and reinforced by the sense of loss or homesickness that one experiences when cut off from familiar habits, places, and things. Among the factors that may ...