UNITED STATES MILITARY TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL INTERACTION
MATRIX CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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The armed forces currently employ a wide variety of programs which have either the cognitive objective of preparing individuals to understand foreign areas and peoples better or the behavioral objective of preparing individuals to interact more effectively with members of other cultures. To expedite an overall view of these programs -- an assessment of the current state of the art -- they are divided into area study programs, interaction skill programs, and multi-media programs. The bulk of the research supported by the military has been concentrated on developing methods of training people to interact effectively. Such concepts as the contrast American, personal response, and the culture assimilator suggest ways of sensitizing Americans to the values and interpersonal behavioral modes of non-Americans.
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