Teaching Gender, Teaching Culture: A Comparative Study of Gendered Dilemmas in Culturally Complex Situations



This chapter compares two workshops that focus on training cultural competencies in a gendered context in culturally complex situations. The workshops used the same cases on gender and culture, but one course was given in the Netherlands and the other in Argentina. After running the workshops, the effect on cultural competencies was measured with FORCIT, a scale that measures, among other qualities, flexibility, openness, respect, curiosity, and trust. The results from the two countries are compared in order to determine the best practices for teaching gender and culture and to establish what contexts and situations impact cultural awareness and cultural competences. Culture training does indeed enhance awareness, but it does not automatically enhance competences or influence behavior. We find that awareness was enhanced in the Netherlands while students in Argentina developed both awareness and competences. In this chapter, we conclude with explanations and lessons learned.


Cultural competency training Gender education Military culture training Netherlands military Argentine military 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of San MartínSan MartínArgentina
  2. 2.National Defense UniversityBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Netherlands Defense AcademyBredaThe Netherlands

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