Discussion of Research

The Profile of an Intercultural Competence Educator for Healthcare and Other Professions

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by Susan Schärli-Lim et al. Introduction  Once upon a time, an international student started a 3-day work shadowing in a community setting. At the end of the first day, the community supervisor refused to work with the student stating that the student was uninterested, because she didn´t ask any questions! The student was shocked and said that she was really interested. She thought it was impolite to ask the expert any questions. Once they were guided to reflect on their different expectations, they both agreed to continue and learned a lot.  This situation reflects the need for trainers and students […]

Art and Enhancements

Faceless American

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Kayla Cochran is a junior at Old Dominion University pursuing a degree in Painting and Drawing and an additional degree in Art History. She is also a Gallery Host at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. You can reach her at kaylamcochran@icloud.com and you can find more of her work on Instagram @kay_cochran_ Submitted by Elliott C. Jones, Associate Professor & CDA, Art Department, Old Dominion University

Craig Storti Column

Can We Really Teach This Stuff?

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by Craig Storti Dr. Deardorff made a very simple request in her email to me about this column—or so I thought: “Send in something related to intercultural competence.” Fair enough. No problem. But there was a problem, a big one: What the heck is intercultural competence? If you’re going to write about this thing, then you’d better have a pretty good idea what it is. And I really didn’t. So I began thinking. And that’s where all the trouble started. What metric should I use to come up with a definition? In the end I decided that the best, or […]

Art and Enhancements

Times are Changing

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Mary Newenhisen is an illustrator and a Taylor University graduate. She grew up in China, and now works in Ohio. You can find more of her artwork on her personal website and follow her social media accounts: @slightly_hungry_artist on Instagram and @MaryNewenhisen on Twitter. You can also reach her at m.newenhisen@gmail.com

Peer Reviewed Articles

International Story Circles Supported by Visuals: tackling language barriers and encouraging reflective thinking

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by Liesbeth Spanjers and Katrien Mertens In the Postgraduate Programme International Educating Class (PIEC), a UNESCO associated programme at the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL, Belgium), students follow a course titled ‘Making Cultural Diversity work’, that aims at honing intercultural competence by adopting requisite attitudes, increasing knowledge, and expanding their skills repertoire for communicating across cultures. Students deliver an individual portfolio, in which they narrate personal intercultural experiences (like experiencing Story Circles) and make sense of them with reference to theoretical concepts from course readings and lectures such as multiple identities, otherising, or small cultures. The experience-based and interaction-oriented approach in […]