Promoting Intercultural Communication and Critical Thinking: The Impact of Intergroup Dialogue (IDG) Courses at Hope College, USA

  • Debra H. SwansonEmail author
  • Llena H. Chavis
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Today’s college students will be living and working in a more diverse multicultural world. In order to prepare them, students will need more education in multicultural communication skills. Hye-Gyeong Ohe writes about this skill as intercultural communicative competence and explains the role of teaching this skill at liberal arts colleges (Oge, 2016). Hope College has responded by creating more campus-wide multi-cultural experiences and education opportunities for students. The faculty at Hope College, a liberal arts college in the middle of the United States, has embraced a new way of incorporating intentional dialogue practices into their classrooms using intergroup dialogue (IGD). While these techniques have led to greater student understanding of the other, how this dialogue is taught has differing results and is shaped by both institutional mission stressing liberal arts and by classroom barriers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hope CollegeHollandUSA

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