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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning
Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, in 2010. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption STR/AFP/Getty Images Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, in 2010. STR/AFP/Getty Images In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class. "The teacher was trying to teach the class how to draw three-dimensional cubes on paper," Stigler explains, "and one kid was just totally having trouble with it. Stigler knew that in American classrooms, it was usually the best kid in the class who was invited to the board. "I realized that I was sitting there starting to perspire," he says, "because I was really empathizing with this kid. But the kid didn't break into tears. 'Struggle' The mother and the son are discussing books.

No nose picking, peeing in pools: Chinese tourists given travel guidelines Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in pools or steal plane life jackets, China's image-conscious authorities have warned in a handbook in their latest effort to counter unruly behaviour. The National Tourism Administration publicised its 64-page Guidebook for Civilised Tourism - with illustrations to accompany its list of dos and don'ts - on its website ahead of a "Golden Week" public holiday that started on October 1. As Chinese tourists increasingly travel abroad, they have developed a stereotype of "uncivilised behaviour", which Vice Premier Wang Yang said in May had "damaged the image of the Chinese people". Several countries, including debt-laden European nations, have eased visa restrictions to attract increasingly affluent Chinese tourists, but reports have also emerged of complaints about etiquette. Women in Spain should always wear earrings in public - or else be considered effectively naked.

What Is Culture Shock? Culture Shock? Join InterNations to meet other expats where you live and read more articles like What Is Culture Shock? with relevant information for expats. Culture Shock What is culture shock? Everybody who has lived abroad has heard about it and probably experienced it themselves. So, what is culture shock? An Emotional Rollercoaster Whereas every expat will experience some form of culture shock, not everyone goes through all the well-known stages. Those who can’t answer the question “what is culture shock?” The first step towards overcoming this inevitable phenomenon is to ask yourself “what is culture shock?” Minimizing the Effects Culture shock is not a myth, but a predictable phenomenon. In order to avoid failed expat assignments and early repatriation, HR departments should support expats and expat spouses from the very beginning, e.g. in the form of intercultural competence training. A Step towards Adjustment

Bennett scale The Bennett scale, also called the DMIS (for Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity), was developed by Dr. Milton Bennett. The framework describes the different ways in which people can react to cultural differences. Organized into six “stages” of increasing sensitivity to difference, the DMIS identifies the underlying cognitive orientations individuals use to understand cultural difference. Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity[edit] Denial of DifferenceIndividuals experience their own culture as the only “real” one. Evolutionary Strategies[edit] In his theory, Bennett describes what changes occur when evolving through each step of the scale. Notes[edit] Jump up ^ While this level may initially be interpreted as a higher level of sensitivity, it is actually consistent with the dualistic thinking characterized by this stage where one culture is seen as good and another culture as bad. References[edit] Bennett, M. Bennett, M. Bennett, M.

Intercultural communication Intercultural communication is a form of communication that aims to share information across different cultures and social groups. It is used to describe the wide range of communication processes and problems that naturally appear within an organization made up of individuals from different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Intercultural communication is sometimes used synonymously with cross-cultural communication. In this sense it seeks to understand how people from different countries and cultures act, communicate and perceive the world around them. Cross Cultural Business Communication[edit] Cross Cultural Business Communication is very helpful in building cultural intelligence through coaching and training in cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural negotiation, multicultural conflict resolution, customer service, business and organizational communication. Problems in intercultural communication[edit] Management of intercultural communication[edit]

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Racism An 80-year-old man has been found guilty in the killing of three men 41 years ago. A jury in Mississippi decided Edgar Ray Killen organized the murder of three civil rights workers in June 1964. He escaped murder charges but may spend up to twenty years in prison for manslaughter. Killen was first arrested 41 years ago but was released because of too little evidence. Killen organized the gang that beat and shot to death Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, white New Yorkers, and James Chaney, a black man from Mississippi. 1. 2. Ku Klux Klan / murder / Mississippi / civil rights / white people / black people / segregation / racism / justice / skin color 3. 4. An 80-year-old man in a wheelchair should not go to prison. Talk first about the people in your neighboring countries. You could also talk about the following people: 'white' people, 'black' people, 'brown' people, 'yellow' people, etc. 1. 2. 3. GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the correct space. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Stop stop-and-search and I might start helping you | Lemn Sissay Policeman in police car sees me in my car. I see policeman seeing me in my car. Policeman sees me seeing him seeing me in car. He tails me. We play mirror tennis. He flashes his blue light. I've been stopped by the police more than 50 times between the ages of 20 and 40. It dawns that he may be wasting his own time, I've complied him into submission. Now I'm in dangerous territory, stopped by an officer of the law whose raison d'etre is to find a law being broken. For most people in England, and by "most people" I probably mean white people, driving your first car is an exciting rite of passage into adulthood. "Oi, oi! A version of this article appeared on Lemn Sissay's blog

Study: Whites Think Black People Feel Less Pain Michael Brown and Black Men - The killing of Michael Brown has tapped into something bigger than Michael Brown. Brown was the unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot to death Saturday by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo. There are conflicting accounts of the events that led to the shooting. There is an eerie echo in it all — a sense of tragedy too often repeated. Earlier this year, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released “the first comprehensive look at civil rights from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years.” Attorney General Eric Holder, remarking on the data, said: “This critical report shows that racial disparities in school discipline policies are not only well-documented among older students, but actually begin during preschool." But, of course, this criminalization stalks these children throughout their school careers. And these disparities can have a severe impact on a child’s likelihood of graduating. Now, the snowball is rolling. It can be done.

Woman Fired from a Lingerie Company for Being Too Attractive A New York lingerie company called Native Intimates is at the center of allegations that the owners fired a young woman for being too attractive. Lauren Odes, a 29-year-old data entry worker, says that the owners of the business were unhappy with her attire and fired her for being too attractive. Only a few days into the job, she was told to wear clothing that covered more of her body, so Odes put on a pair of leggings and gray t-shirt, according to the New York Daily News. Odes claims that she wore the same style of clothing as everyone else who worked at Native Intimates, yet she appears to be the only company employee who was given such harsh treatment. Good Morning America states that Odes will be represented by Gloria Allred in the upcoming lawsuit. Odes’ case is only one example of the tensions inherent in a working culture where women’s bodies and the dress codes applied to these same bodies are constantly monitored and regulated. Related Stories:

A Tool That Maps Out Cultural Differences - David Champion by David Champion | 11:00 AM April 25, 2014 Understanding cultural differences isn’t easy, even when you’ve lived in many different countries (disclosure: I’m a Brit, grew up in Southeast Asia, lived and worked in Switzerland and the US, and now live and work in France). Just when you think you’ve got a culture nailed, something happens that your mental model hasn’t predicted. Americans, world-famous for candor and directness, struggle when it comes to giving tough feedback, even when it’s needed. Erin Meyer, an American (from Minnesota) in Paris who coaches executives in managing cross-cultural career moves and teaches at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, has a theory about these malentendus. But cultures differ along many more than three dimensions, so the more dimensions you consider, the less likely you are to trip up on a cultural paradox — you’ll be able to tell that incoming French manager to tone down critiques of his American subordinates before he upsets them.