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A Simulation-Based Approach to Training Operational Cultural CompetenceCultural knowledge and skills are critically important for military operations, emergency response, or any job that involves interaction with a culturally diverse population. However, it is not obvious what cultural knowledge and skills need to be trained, and how to integrate that training with the other training that trainees must undergo. Cultural training needs to be broad enough to encompass both regional (culture-specific) and cross-cultural (culture-general) competencies, yet be focused enough to result in targeted improvements in on-the-job performance. This paper describes a comprehensive instructional development methodology and training technology framework that focuses cultural training on operational needs. It supports knowledge acquisition, skill acquisition, and skill transfer. It supports both training and assessment, and integrates with other aspects of operational skills training. Two training systems will be used to illustrate this approach: the Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainer (VCAT) and the Tactical Dari language and culture training system. The paper also discusses new and emerging capabilities that are integrating cultural competence training more strongly with other aspects of training and mission rehearsal.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Johnson, W. Lewis
(Alelo, Inc. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: Selected Papers Presented at MODSIM World 2009 Conference and Expo
Subject Category
Systems Analysis And Operations Research
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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