Accession Number:

ADA509341

Title:

Social Perspective Taking

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May-Nov 2007

Corporate Author:

ECROSSCULTURE CORP BOULDER CO

Report Date:

2009-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

The current mindset of the Army is that it must be able to win our Nations wars while at the same time ready to assist in stability operations U.S. Department of the Army, 2008. A challenge is that Soldiers often have to bridge large cultural gaps and may lack the language skills to effectively engage with the host of individuals now present in these operations including the local populace, host nation security forces, coalition partners and other foreign governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Perspective taking - described more formally as Social Perspective Taking SPT - is an interpersonal technique which may address these challenges. SPT is a skill often learned throughout life but may be very difficult in cross-cultural interactions. This report describes the results of a literature review and SME and Soldier interviews regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities KSAs needed to develop SPT and the methods used to train SPT. Based on this information a four module curriculum is proposed which utilizes a four-step method for the development of SPT. The curriculum trains Soldiers how to accurately consider the host-nationals perspective without cultural bias and erroneous assumptions and allows Soldiers to meet host-national goals while accomplishing U.S. missions and objectives.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE