The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
Approximate Time Commitment: 10 minutes
Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult. This article and video are part of an element from the CIT Next online course Culture Shock. Some of the concerns with the simple U-curve can be addressed by Dr. Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model for Intercultural Sensitivity.
Are you past the fun and now into the challenges of living and ministering in a new culture? There are some good principles that you can put into practice as you seek to weather culture shock and adapt well to the place where God has sent you. Survival is not the goal; rather, the goal is to allow God to grow you in a way that prepares you to understand and love others around you. Cultural Shock may be just the course that will help.
Perhaps some of the concerns with the simple U-curve can be addressed by Dr. Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model for Intercultural Sensitivity. We’ve sketched out Bennett’s ideas in a chart similar to the U-curve. You can read more here: Intercultural Competence and Sensitivity and watch the video below for an engaging overview of the model:
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