The role of a University curriculum design in intercultural sensitivity of students

Geurts, L.R.M. (2014) The role of a University curriculum design in intercultural sensitivity of students.

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Abstract:This 3-year research project is about an extend, to what the perceived intercultural orientation of the teaching style, group work and the environment determine the intercultural sensitivity of university graduates. This paper reports on the second round of data collection. A surprising finding is shown there is no significant change in the level of intercultural sensitivity or its five scales between the two samples. Doing correlation and regressions analysis it showed the research model as 10.1% of the variance in the intercultural sensitivity of students. Perceived intercultural orientation of the teaching style and intercultural orientation of the environment had a minor significant positive relationship with intercultural sensitivity, where intercultural orientation of the group work had no significant correlation with intercultural sensitivity. Based on these findings, we dare to assume that active mixing students in cross-cultural project groups does not necessarily lead to a stronger intercultural sensitivity. Future research should explore and test other antecedents of intercultural sensitivity that can be brought about by the university curriculum design.
Item Type:Essay
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 73 cultural anthropology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Business Administration BSc (50645)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65347
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