Papers from the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conferences

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Connections are drawn between the development of intercultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking. A case is made that fostering particular critical thinking skills in courses enhances interpersonal skills, and that enhanced interpersonal skills facilitate movement along Bennett’s (1993) proposed continuum of development of intercultural sensitivity. Discussion centers on how to integrate these qualities (e.g., critical thinking, intercultural sensitivity, and interpersonal skills) and facilitate them in courses. Furthermore, it introduces a call for research on how to test these assumptions with experiences beyond the classroom.

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