Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D., is a 2016 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University
Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D. [Center] at her Dissertation Defense, 2016, Commitee Member, Dr. Jon Wergin,[Left] and Committee Chair, Dr. Al Guskin [Right]
- Alan Guskin, Ph.D., Chair
- Jon Wergin, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Janet Bennett, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Ph.D., Ed.D., External Reader
Today, the field of intercultural communication is becoming even more important.People are increasingly interacting more with others from around the globe, whether for work or recreation.Globalization is creating an increased interdependency between nations; it is critical that institutions of higher education develop leaders who are competent in cross-cultural awareness and practice, have a solid understanding of cultural differences and their effects on leadership performance, and are culturally sensitive to different perspectives (Northouse, 2010).Since many studies of intercultural competence development focus on study abroad experiences, this dissertation focuses on developing intercultural competence in college-aged students through civic engagement experiences.Through a mixed methods approach using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and action research in collaboration with Wagner College students and faculty, this study examined four learning communities as well as a group of mentors over the course of a semester to determine the salient aspects of an intervention.The findings indicate that with the right amount of challenge and support, sustained and meaningful interaction, reflection, content knowledge, and mentoring, interventions allow for more pronounced development of intercultural competence.This dissertation is available in open access at AURA:Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/etd
Shah-Gordon, Ruta, "Intercultural Competence Development through Civic Engagement" (2016). Dissertations & Theses. 273.