The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence brings together in one volume the leading experts and scholars from a variety of fields (e.g., education, communication, psychology, social work, health care, conflict studies, etc.) and from around the world who do work in intercultural competence (defined as appropriate and effective communication, as well as behavior, in intercultural situations). Given the current and future focus on global workforce development, and on globalization in general, this Handbook examines the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed in our ever diverse world.

Applying Theory and Research : The Evolution of Intercultural Competence in U.S. Study Abroad

Applying Theory and Research : The Evolution of Intercultural Competence in U.S. Study Abroad

Applying Theory and Research
Michael Vande Berg R. Michael Paige

This chapter examines how intercultural theory and research have been applied to the development of intercultural competence in six different study abroad program contexts. For each program, we trace back to the conceptual foundations and research origins that have led to the intercultural education approaches being used. These projects provide us with unique contributions to our understanding of how intercultural competence can be facilitated. There are also important intersections and complementarities across programs. We attempt to identify these wherever possible.

We consider these six projects to be study abroad exemplars of important, yet different, ...

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