Theory Connections: ICT

An overview of intercultural theories related to international education practice with concrete application examples and expert reflections on selected theories.

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Theory Connections Today, international education is well positioned to reap the benefits of decades of the integration of theory into our practice. The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) is dedicated to highlighting this theory-to-practice connection and to challenging International Education professionals to incorporate fundamental theoretical concepts when designing and refining our programs. Jun 28, 2016
Communication Styles

Communication Styles May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Communication Styles is "a pattern of verbal and nonverbal behaviors that comprises our preferred ways of giving and receiving information in a specific situation. The message content

May 17, 2010
Value Orientations

Value Orientations May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description A value is considered to be something that guides a particular behavior (respect is important and therefore one does X to show respect) or decision about what one should do (I value

May 17, 2010
Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description The academic field of intercultural communication perhaps began with examining similarities and differences in how cultures display and give meaning to different nonverbals (see

May 17, 2010
Linguistic Determinism Linguistic Relativism

Linguistic Determinism / Linguistic Relativism May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Linguistic Determinism suggests that one's language determines the ways one's mind constructs categories. First introduced by Edward Sapir and expanded by

May 17, 2010
Intercultural Training Models

Intercultural Training Models May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description While this is not one specific theory, there are many models that take into account the questions that we use to inform our work in program design. These questions include:

May 14, 2010
Intercultural Competence Model

Intercultural Competence Model May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Intercultural competence is commonly described as the ability to behave appropriately in a particular cultural context other than one's own. Fantini (2001) notes four

May 14, 2010
Identity Development Models

Identity Development Models May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Grounded in the work of Piaget and Erickson, identity models generally look at the development and negotiation of personal identity as impacted by societal categorization (what

May 14, 2010
Group Membership

Group Membership May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description People are social creatures and develop a perception of identity that views those who they are like or associate with as their "in-group" and those who are different as their "out-group."

May 14, 2010
Cultural Adaptation Culture Shock

Cultural Adaptation / Culture Shock May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Oberg (1960) coined the term "culture shock" and believed that all individuals went through a process of identity loss, strain, and confusion when interacting with a

May 14, 2010
Cross-Cultural Adaptation

Cross-Cultural Adaptation May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Young Yun Kim's cross-cultural adaptation theory is underpinned by two central questions: (1) How does the cross-cultural adaptation process unfold over time? and (2) Why does

May 14, 2010
Contact Theory Contact Hypothesis Intergroup Contact

Contact Theory / Contact Hypothesis / Intergroup Contact May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description Research to challenge the hypothesis that bringing people together is simply enough (thus the name "contact hypothesis") began in the 1950’s when

May 14, 2010
Face-Negotiation Facework

Face-Negotiation / Facework May 2010 Back to the ICT Theory Connections Theory Information Description The face negotiation theory, developed by Stella Ting-Toomey (1988, 2005), explains the culture-based, individual-based, and situational factors that shape communicators’

May 13, 2010
Intercultural Activity Toolkit: The Ideal Country

Activity Information Recommended Audience General. Works best if there is a mix of international students and domestic students. Length of Time 90 minutes

Feb 26, 2009
Intercultural Activity Toolkit: Entering a New Culture

Activity Information Recommended Audience Study Abroad, General, Community Members, Parents, Resident Assistants Length of Time 20-30 minutes, depending on size of group

Feb 26, 2009
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