Accession Number : AD0651312

Title :   THE TRANS-CULTURAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTE (TCI).

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH INC MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Loubert,J. Daniel

Report Date : APR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : Thousands of Americans working overseas -- especially U.S. military advisory and training personnel -- hold crucial positions which require working closely as co-equals with their foreign counterparts. Unless these individuals somehow acquire the 'feel' of socio-cultural conditions in the host country, they risk partial or total failure in their mission. Many complaints are registered against traditional training which talks about foreign societies. A number of new training techniques, based on experiential training in domestic simulations of foreign societies, seem to offer the possibility of overcoming internalization blockage and permit the trainee to acquire the 'feel and flavor' of basic features of the other culture before his immersion in it. The report suggests that military and civilian government agencies combine with academic, corporate, and other private U.S. organizations to establish a national Trans-Cultural Research and Training Institute with one or more satellite model villages simulating conditions abroad. This would provide the setting for foreign and American trainees and researchers to use, evaluate, and refine experiential training techniques. The Institute would also serve as a national research and information center on problems of cross-cultural transfer.

Descriptors :   (*SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, *CULTURE), (*SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, *GROUP DYNAMICS), MILITARY PERSONNEL, TRAINING, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), SIMULATION, LINGUISTICS, PERSONNEL, SELECTION

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE