Measuring Learning and Development in Cross-Cultural Competence

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91WAW-08-P-0068
Agency Tracking Number: A072-050-1562
Amount: $119,589.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: A07-050
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
361 INTERACTIVE, LLC
408 Sharts Road, Suite 7, Springboro, OH, 45066
Duns: 601628717
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael J McCloskey
 President
 (937) 743-0361
 mike@361interactive.com
Business Contact
 Michael McCloskey
Title: President
Phone: (937) 743-0361
Email: mike@361interactive.com
Research Institution
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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