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

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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 to be interculturally competent. The […]

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 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

Can We Really Teach This Stuff?

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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 at least one […]

Applicability of the Global Competency and Intercultural Sensitivity Indices in the Japanese Educational Environment: Comparative Assessment of Validity and Reliability Testing

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Abstract Translating survey instruments from one language to another poses unique challenges and requires careful consideration of multiple issues. This paper examines the translation and application of instruments known as the Global Competence Index and Intercultural Sensitivity Index from their original English to Japanese. A thorough discussion of translation issues is included, and the paper presents detailed results from a pilot study of the version that has been translated to Japanese. The reliability and validity of Japanese translated instruments are tested and compared with outcomes from the original English-language instruments. The results indicated that the translated instruments are equally valid […]