Student Definitions of Intercultural Competence (IC)- Are They Context-Specific?

Nadine Binder, Ozen Odag, Anne Leiser, Lisa Ludders, Karina Karolina Kedzior


APA 6th edition
Binder, N., Odag, O., Leiser, A., Ludders, L., & Kedzior, K.K. (2018). Student Definitions of Intercultural Competence (IC)- Are They Context-Specific?. European Journal of Educational Research, 7(2), 251-265. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.251

Harvard
Binder N., Odag O., Leiser A., Ludders L., and Kedzior K.K. 2018 'Student Definitions of Intercultural Competence (IC)- Are They Context-Specific?', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 251-265. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.251

Chicago 16th edition
Binder, Nadine , Odag, Ozen , Leiser, Anne , Ludders, Lisa and Kedzior, Karina Karolina . "Student Definitions of Intercultural Competence (IC)- Are They Context-Specific?". (2018)European Journal of Educational Research 7, no. 2(2018): 251-265. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.251

Abstract

Higher education institutions increasingly seek to promote students’ intercultural competence (IC), yet its conceptualization remains a challenge. The first aim of this study was to explore how a purposive sample of n=77 domestic, undergraduate students at a public university in Germany define IC. The second aim was to assess to what extent such definitions are context-dependent by comparing IC definitions provided by domestic students (with predominantly German nationality and little international experience/exposure) with those provided by n=130 international, undergraduate students at a private university in Germany (with predominantly non-German nationality and more extensive international experience/exposure). A qualitative content analysis showed that domestic students defined IC mostly in terms of attitudes followed by external outcomes while the opposite was true for the international students. Differences in IC definitions between the two samples are discussed with regard to various contextual factors. Our results suggest that such contextual factors should be considered when designing measures to promote IC development in university students.

Keywords: Intercultural competence (IC), international education, multicultural education, higher education, qualitative content analysis.


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