Inter-cultural Training

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


In order to address the challenges and positive possibilities inherent in inter-cultural interactions a variety of training methods have been developed. This chapter will briefly survey the field of intercultural sensitivity training programs and will focus on intercultural simulations as a method used to replicate real intercultural interactions in a game-like context to provide an experiential understanding of the nature of culture and the sources of error embedded in the dynamics of intercultural interactions. Although simulations are experiential in nature a skillful facilitator can lead participant’s new knowledge, insight, an increase in one’s behavioral repertoire and the ability to recognize, identify and overcome such sources of error as the fundamental attribution error (Ross, 1977), ethno-centric and self-serving bias, attributional bias (Salzman, The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 23, 181–193, 1995), the homogeneity bias (Linville, 1998) and the nature of in-group/out-group dynamics (Talfel, 1979).


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  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Hawai‘i at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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