In this project (directed by Dr. Peter Ecke), we compile and present ready-to use, easily adaptable instruments and tasks to develop and assess aspects of students’ and professionals’ cultural intelligence (intercultural competence) during study or work abroad.
Study and work abroad have become increasingly important parts in students’ and professionals’ education and development of language and cultural skills. A key outcome of living abroad is learning about the other culture and the development of “cultural intelligence” (intercultural competence) which is understood here as “the ability to engage in a set of behaviors that uses skills (i.e., language or interpretational skills) and qualities (e.g., tolerance for ambiguity, flexibility) that are tuned appropriately to the culture-based values and attitudes of the people with whom one interacts (Peterson, 2004, p. 89).” Cultural intelligence encompasses three main components (2004, p. 13): a) knowledge about cultures (facts and cultural traits), b) awareness (of oneself and others) and c) specific skills (behaviors).
This website provides information on research, materials, links to videos and other resources, as well as information about workshops and conferences with relevance to the teaching and assessment of cultural intelligence/intercultural competence.
Peterson, Brooks (2004): Cultural intelligence: A guide to working with people from other cultures. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press.