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Effects of An Intercultural Communication Course on Students' Ethnocentrism Levels in Post-9/11 America
Unformatted Document Text:  Trends in Student Ethnocentrism 4 attempts towards achieving a multicultural education will have similar effect. Our study will attempt to discover if this is the case by comparing ethnocentrism levels of students who have completed a course on intercultural communication with student who have not. Hypothesis 1: Students taking an intercultural communication class will have lower ethnocentrism levels at the end of the class than students not enrolled. Our study is going to move beyond the mere effects of an intercultural class on ethnocentrism levels. Data for this study has been gathered for an extended period of years, both before and September 11, 2001 (referred to as 9/11 in this paper). After the catastrophic attacks on United States civilians on 9/11, ethnocentrism surveys were administered in order to discover if the event would cause a rise in ethnocentrism and to what degree? The effect of historical events on ethnocentrism has not been researched, especially after an event of these proportions. The constant media coverage in the days and weeks after 9/11 may have had a strong effect on students’ ethnocentrism levels, and attention did not cease with the media since educators also focused on the event. Because of the extreme nature of, and the amount of attention given to, 9/11 we believe students would be affected regardless of their enrollment in an intercultural communication course, so we developed the following hypothesis:

Authors: Pfaffe, April., Steffan, Kristin., Buslig, Aileen. and Tkachuk, Hank.
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Trends in Student Ethnocentrism 4
attempts towards achieving a multicultural education will have similar
effect. Our study will attempt to discover if this is the case by comparing
ethnocentrism levels of students who have completed a course on
intercultural communication with student who have not.
Hypothesis 1: Students taking an intercultural communication
class will have lower ethnocentrism levels at the end of the class
than students not enrolled.
Our study is going to move beyond the mere effects of an
intercultural class on ethnocentrism levels. Data for this study has been
gathered for an extended period of years, both before and September 11,
2001 (referred to as 9/11 in this paper). After the catastrophic attacks on
United States civilians on 9/11, ethnocentrism surveys were administered
in order to discover if the event would cause a rise in ethnocentrism and
to what degree? The effect of historical events on ethnocentrism has not
been researched, especially after an event of these proportions. The
constant media coverage in the days and weeks after 9/11 may have had
a strong effect on students’ ethnocentrism levels, and attention did not
cease with the media since educators also focused on the event. Because
of the extreme nature of, and the amount of attention given to, 9/11 we
believe students would be affected regardless of their enrollment in an
intercultural communication course, so we developed the following
hypothesis:


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