Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education
Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins
Dr. Grant Smith
Dr. Nelson Lopez
The current era of globalization and unprecedented global migration is creating the need for schools to educate students for global competence (GC). Multiple researchers (Boix Mansilla & Jackson, 2011; Hunter, 2004; Hunter et al., 2006; Morales & Ogden, 2013) suggest that self-awareness is the core dimension of GC, but about which very little is known. This paper considers the demonstrations of self-awareness in the development of GC. Using Kim's (2008) Intercultural Personhood Theory and the specific components of personal and social communication processes, self-awareness was investigated in East African immigrants. Findings suggest that the construct of self-awareness dimensionalizes differently for those from East African cultures, reflecting the collectivist culture of East Africa, than it does for Western cultures, which are more individualistic in nature (Barrett, 2011). Additionally, findings showed a two-phase process occurs between the initial point of cultural exploration and the development of GC. Various processes occur within each phase that participants used to move toward a GC identity. The paper concludes with a discussion of key implications and areas of significance.
Shipman, Stacy D., "The Role of Self-awareness in Developing Global Competence: A Qualitative Multi-case Study" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones. 21.
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