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Individualism and collectivism in our class

Posted by thuicc on October 12, 2006

Well, using the individualism/collectivism survey that we filled out this afternoon, I can come to the following shaky unscientific conclusions about our class.

Our average scores:

Horizontal Individualism: 49.42857

Vertical Individualism: 35.21429

Horizontal Collectivism: 53

Vertical Collectivism: 45.57143

Individualism: 84.64286

Collectivism: 98.57143

So it looks like we’re (you’re, actually–I didn’t include my own results in this) more collectivistic than we are individualistic. I don’t know if the difference is significant or not, though (I’m not a statistician).

Let’s see… what else can I tell you about our individualism and collectivism? Well, 7 people had collectivism scores over 100, and only 1 person had an individualism score over 100 (but that was one of the 7 people whose collectivism score was over 100, so that person seemed to agree with everything…).

You can see more details here: Table

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ICC books in the department library

Posted by thuicc on October 12, 2006

I have put several books in the FLLD department library. Take a look at them–just ask Sherry where they are!

  • Communicating Effectively with the Chinese by Ge Gao and Stella Ting-Toomey
  • The Hidden Dimension by Edward T. Hall
  • Beyond Culture by Edward T. Hall
  • You Just Don’t Understand! by Deborah Tannen
  • American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States by Gary Althen

More to come…

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Article about American culture

Posted by thuicc on October 12, 2006

A recent (well, not that recent) article on American Exceptionalism (the idea that the US is different in significant ways from other countries) appeared in Inside Higher Ed. In the article, the author interviews Eric Rauchway, a history professor in the US. Rauchway has written a book titled Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America.

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Some sites related to cultural patterns

Posted by thuicc on October 12, 2006

Here are some sites related to the section of chapter 2 on cultural patterns

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