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Cross-Cultural Competencies for the NASA International Internship Project
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Author and Affiliation:
Niedbala, Elizabeth M.(Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX, United States)
Feinberg, Jessica(Smith Coll., Northampton, MA, United States)
Abstract: One of the principles that NASA upholds is to cooperate with other nations to advance science, exploration, and discovery for all. Effective cooperation across cultures, however, requires a certain level of skill. A construct called cross-cultural competency (CCC) emphasizes that individuals are capable of acquiring skills that facilitate positive and cooperative interaction with people of another culture. While some aspects of CCC stem from stable individual traits such as personality (i.e., extraversion, tolerance for ambiguity), most components can be learned and strengthened over time (i.e., empathy, mindfulness, trust). Because CCC is such a vital part of international cooperation, this summer we will design a training program to cultivate these skills between student interns, their mentors, and the Ames community as a whole. First, we will research what specific competencies are valuable for anyone to have when working in an international setting. We will then design a series of activities, events, workshops, and discussions that target and strengthen those skills. Finally, we will use both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods to measure the success of the pilot program. This summer, the current international student interns will serve as our trial population for the program, while our goal is to launch the full program in Fall 2017. Overall, we hope to contribute to NASAs mission of optimizing international collaboration for everyone involved.
Publication Date: Jun 01, 2017
Document ID:
20170011540
(Acquired Dec 11, 2017)
Subject Category: BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Report/Patent Number: ARC-E-DAA-TN45142
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: NASA Ames Student Poster Session Summer 2017; 10 Aug. 2017; Moffett Field, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNX12AD05A
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Public use permitted
NASA Terms: CULTURE (SOCIAL SCIENCES); HUMAN BEHAVIOR; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; ORGANIZATIONS; POPULATIONS; STUDENTS; RACE FACTORS; EDUCATION; TEAMS
Other Descriptors: INTERNATIONAL; INTERNSHIPS; CULTURAL; COMPETENCIES
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