Cultural competence/Global Competence Aptitude Assessment

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Global Competence Aptitude Assessment checklist items

Hunter (2004:115) [1] developed a Global Competence Check List that includes three sections:

1. Knowledge

  • An understanding of one's own cultural norms and expectations An understanding of cultural norms and expectations of others An understanding of the concept of "globalization"
  • Knowledge of current world events
  • Knowledge of world history

2. Skills/Experiences:

  • Successful participation on project-oriented academic or vocational experience with people from other cultures and traditions
  • Ability to assess intercultural performance in social or business settings
  • Ability to live outside one's own culture
  • Ability to identify cultural differences in order to compete globally
  • Ability to collaborate across cultures
  • Effective participation in social and business settings anywhere in the world

3. Attitudes: Recognition that one's own worldview is not universal

  • Willingness to step outside of one's own culture and experience life as "the other"
  • Willingness to take risks in pursuit of cross-cultural learning and personal development
  • Openness to new experiences, including those that could be emotionally challenging Coping with different cultures and attitudes.
  • A non-judgmental reaction to cultural difference
  • Celebrating diversity

  1. Hunter, W. (2004). Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become globally competent. Unpublished dissertation, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. PDF