Last modified on 16 May 2010, at 15:31

Parent Education Course Writer's Guide/Intercultural competence

Intercultural competenceEdit

Intercultural competence is actually the competent handling of cultures of other countries, but you can also apply intercultural competence to the personal cultures and characteristics of people and groups of people as idiocultural competence. This is obviously the case when you personally meet people from other cultures.

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  • What cultural differences do you know?
  • What is required for intercultural competence when dealing with people from other countries?
  • How can you learn or train intercultural competence?

Intercultural competence means knowledge about other cultures, but also metacognition, because you have to think about your own actions and the actions and expectations of others; it means people skills, because you have to be able to apply the knowledge and the results of your considerations in social activities. The required knowledge, the ability for the required metacognition and the aspects of social competence that are necessary form together an active mental vocabulary of intercultural competence, or more simply put: You cannot just read up on intercultural knowledge but you have to train intercultural competence like a skill.

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  • Is there a cognitive bias, which produces the impression that one is proficient, although one only knows the theory?
  • What cognitive biases result in the impression that other cultures are less important, less complex, and already sufficiently known?

Für die Bewertung von interkultureller Kompetenz werden insbesondere die Eigenschaften Ambiguitätstoleranz, Kontaktfähigkeit, Verhaltensflexibilität, Emotionskompetenz, Leistungsmotivation, Empathie und Polyzentrismus bewertet.

For the assessment of intercultural competence the attitudes and abilities ambiguity tolerance, interpersonal skills, behavioral flexibility, emotional competence, achievement motivation, empathy and polycentrism are of particular importance.

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  • Which of these properties can be trained?
  • How can you measure these properties?
  • Can you measure or train the abilities of parents?
  • Which of these options could be used as part of a parent education course, if they are usable at all?

Don't worry if you cannot devise or implement the perfect measurement methods as pupils in middle school or at the beginning of high school. The attempt is important and the considerations about the possibilities should be useful to reveal new perspectives for the parent education course. You shouldn't be discouraged by the view "we can't do this yet", but you should, of course, not assume that your measurement methodes will produce very precise results; that is possibly not relevant: Fantasy and creativity are what is demanded from the authors here.