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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts
Unformatted Document Text:  Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 16 (1) the adoption of a workshop format; (2) offering the course for credit; (3) the inclusion of a significant amount of the theory and principles of intercultural communication; and (4) the integration into the course of a weekend camping retreat which emphasized participation, communal involvement, and sharing of cross-cultural information. The course sought to increase the awareness, understanding, respect, and appreciation of cultural differences through discussions on common social experiences (e.g., friendship, male/female roles, and family patterns) and through the interaction of participations with different cultural backgrounds. During the ten years that the course has been offered, a great variety of students have participated in the course and endorsed it enthusiastically. (p. 1) As intercultural issues are discussed and spread throughout more of society, improvements in communication will occur. Additionally, people will be more likely to initiate a relationship with someone from a different background. For this to happen, however, individuals must be given an opportunity to interact with other cultures. A study by Zeitlin (1997) found that by pairing children in activities based on varying ethnicities, sex, and different abilities allows barriers to be broken. When barriers are broken, lines of communication can be opened up and understanding, respect, and acknowledgement are likely to occur. Changes in educational procedures and teaching styles must be examined because of the close correlation between education, adolescence, and intercultural relationships. Unfortunately, teachers have been found to reinforce the academic behavior

Authors: Docan, Tony.
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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 16
(1) the adoption of a workshop format; (2) offering the course for credit; (3) the
inclusion of a significant amount of the theory and principles of intercultural
communication; and (4) the integration into the course of a weekend camping
retreat which emphasized participation, communal involvement, and sharing of
cross-cultural information. The course sought to increase the awareness,
understanding, respect, and appreciation of cultural differences through
discussions on common social experiences (e.g., friendship, male/female roles,
and family patterns) and through the interaction of participations with different
cultural backgrounds. During the ten years that the course has been offered, a
great variety of students have participated in the course and endorsed it
enthusiastically. (p. 1)
As intercultural issues are discussed and spread throughout more of society,
improvements in communication will occur. Additionally, people will be more likely to
initiate a relationship with someone from a different background. For this to happen,
however, individuals must be given an opportunity to interact with other cultures. A
study by Zeitlin (1997) found that by pairing children in activities based on varying
ethnicities, sex, and different abilities allows barriers to be broken. When barriers are
broken, lines of communication can be opened up and understanding, respect, and
acknowledgement are likely to occur.
Changes in educational procedures and teaching styles must be examined
because of the close correlation between education, adolescence, and intercultural
relationships. Unfortunately, teachers have been found to reinforce the academic behavior


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