Evaluation of the Development of Intercultural Competence in its Sub Domains

Verena Behrnd
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The effects of Intercultural Training on the sub domains of Intercultural Competence were examined referring to the experience based versus didactic training methods. Intercultural Competence was measured with a test consisting of critical incidents in the sub domains individual, social and strategic intercultural competence as well as by the use of problem solving strategies that have been proved successful in business proposals. The test shows a culture specific orientation for Latin America and was given before and after an experienced based intercultural training, which also was culture specific for Latin America. After the experience based training participants showed significant changes in individual and social intercultural competence as well as for successful problem solving. This was not the case for strategic intercultural competence, which seems to be more reactive to didactic training methods. Tested persons of the comparison group that have not received training consequently did not show any significant changes.

Keywords: Intercultural Training, Intercultural Competence
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Evaluation of the Development of Intercultural Competence in Sub Domains by Intercultural Training

Verena Behrnd

Doctoral Student, Department of Work and Social Psychology, Dresden University
Dresden, Saxony, Germany

I received my degree in psychology in 2005 from the Dresden University of Technology. Already during my studies language skills and beeing abroad have strenghtened my interest on intercultural topics. Therefore I decided to contribute to this area in my doctoral studies. My research focus is on intercultural trainings and its effects on intercultural competence. In addition to my doctoral studies I also participated in a qualification for working as an intercultural trainer. This is what I would like to do in the future.

Ref: I07P0680