Intercultural Management is the promotion of cross-cultural understanding and development of intercultural competence. Cultural diversity management in international schools prepares students to become citizens in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society; it fosters mutual respect and teamwork; enables students to achieve common goals and share common values. It develops boundary spanning skills, flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity. It develops abilities to reconcile dilemmas resulting from seemingly paradoxical viewpoints. Intercultural Management at international schools contributes to the development of tomorrow’s future global thinkers and leaders.
Do you feel at home in the international school environment? Do you deal effectively with cultural differences? The target of this workshop is to become aware of the influence of culture on values, expectations and behaviors in the classroom and in the community. The workshop aims to create awareness of cultural diversity and to provide guidelines on how to use this diversity to your advantage and to the advantage of the community.
- National culture, what is it?
- Presentation on Hofstede, Trompenaars and the GLOBE value dimensions
- East & West; High and low context cultures
- Culture and its impact on behavior, thinking and practices such as risk-taking, individual accountability, group orientation, attitude to feedback, open communication, implicit and explicit communication, relationship and performance orientation etc.
- Culture & teaching; recognizing and dealing with diverse mindsets and approaches. Recognizing and exploiting the strengths of your own and other approaches. Your perceptions of other cultures´ educational practices and how your approach is perceived by other cultures
- Culturally diverse parents; understanding culturally based attitudes and behaviors. Strategies to dealing effectively with diverse needs and expectations
- Appreciating the values to be found in cultural diversity in international schools. Recognizing your own strengths and developmental areas