Developing Intercultural AwarenessDeveloping Intercultural Awareness: A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook (Paperback)
by L. Robert Kohls, John M. Knight
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Intercultural Press; 2nd edition (June, 1994)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
Reviewer: Karen Lee Craig (Brattleboro, VT USA)
"Beyond Experience" is a book full of different activites to be used in an intercultural training session. One of its very useful features is a full outline of a training design, with timeframe included, which incorporates the activities mentioned in subsequent pages. Trainers with more experience can use this as a base, bringing in other relevant material.
The training activities described tend to fall more on the "culture-general" instead of "culture-specific" side, and are mainly designed for U.S. participants who are planning on traveling or living abroad, or are in contact with other cultures in the United States. The activities are also mainly for those who have limited exposure to other ways of thinking and perceiving the world. Through examining U.S. proverbs and the values that are held by the participants, the aim of the activities is to challenge assumptions and pave the way for a more successful intercultural experience.