1 Day Workshop

Encountering Difference: Entering Alternative Experience through Observational Categories

Thursday August 1st, 2019

at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

This one-day workshop is intended for faculty and administrators of study abroad and other international education programs. It is designed to stand alone as an overview of how to use “constructed observational categories” in pre-departure on-site intercultural learning programs. The workshop could also be taken as further practical application of the 3-day course in Intercultural Learning: Applying the New Paradigm to International/Multicultural Education.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize the constructivist conceptual framing of intercultural learning
  2. Understand how etic categories are constructed for the purpose of identifying relevant cultural differences, analyzing interaction, and informing adaptation.
  3. Learn a framework of five observational categories that are particularly useful for guiding intercultural learning through interaction
  4. Practice selected exercises that are useful in teaching and debriefing the categories


  1. Presentation/discussion of conceptual framework
  2. Illustration of the observational categories with well-established examples
  3. Facilitation of participant contributions to examples
  4. Two structured exercises suitable for education/training programs in intercultural learning