A Social Cognitive Learning Program for Facilitating Intercultural Relations

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Title A Social Cognitive Learning Program for Facilitating Intercultural Relations
Author Mak, Anita S.; Barker, Michelle Carmel
Book Title Progress in Asian Social Psychology. Vol.4
Editor Yoshihisa Kashima; Yumi Endo; Emiko S. Kashima; Cynthia Leung; John McClure
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Publisher Kyoyook-kwahak-sa Publishing Company
Abstract This paper describes an experimental social learning program that has recently become available to help immigrants and international students extend their social skills for quick adjustment to the foreign country. The EXCELL TM (Excellence in Cultural Experiential Learning and Leadership) program is a practice-focused group program designed to enhance foreigners' confidence and skills in workplace, academic and other interpersonal contexts. The paper reviews the conceptual framework behind the EXCELL TM program and how this leads to the group process for teaching each sociocultural competency. There is a summary of the evidence of the effectiveness of the program when undertakes by immigrants, international students, and mixed groups of overseas-born and local-born students. The evidence drawn from evaluation studies conducted in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, shows that the program enhanced the social interaction skills and social self-efficacy of both overseas – and local-born. The latter finding shows that EXCELL TM also serves well as a general social effectiveness program. The theoretical and practical implication of these findings for facilitating newcomers' cross-cultural adaptation and enhancing cross ethnic relations are discussed.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author's 2004.The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this monograph please refer to the distributor's website or contact the author's.
Volume 4
Edition 1
Chapter Number 9
Page from 155
Page to 179
ISBN 89-8287-833-5
Date Accessioned 2005-04-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/450
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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