Measuring Learning and Development in Cross-Cultural Competence

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,747.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W91WAW-08-P-0068
Award Id:
81419
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-050-1562
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
408 Sharts Road, Suite 7, Springboro, OH, 45066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601628717
Principal Investigator:
Michael McCloskey
President
(937) 743-0361
mike@361interactive.com
Business Contact:
Michael McCloskey
President
(937) 743-0361
mike@361interactive.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Contemporary operational environments are often characterized by ambiguous, multi-cultural contexts, where Army Soldiers must rapidly adapt without extensive prior knowledge of a region or its people. Ongoing training development efforts are addressing the need for general cultural competence, but this broad competence must be clearly defined and assessed in order to determine if our Soldiers are being adequately prepared. To support this goal, we propose to develop a stage model of general cross-cultural competence. We will leverage relevant features of existing cultural competence models, skill and expertise acquisition models across multiple domains, and the expertise of cultural trainers and Solders recognized as highly adaptable in cross-cultural settings. The model will represent a learner's transition across stages of cultural competence from novice to expert, where the end goal is the ability to rapidly and accurately assess a new culture and determine how to achieve goals using that understanding. The model will further guide the development of scenario-based metrics and other metrics that will clearly define competence at all levels of development, and across trainable behavioral, cognitive, motivational and affective skills.

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