Cultural Competence Assessment- Brenau University

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Some of the questions in this assessment relate to your reactions while living out of your home culture.  If you have not lived abroad, think of the questions as “if I lived abroad” and answer them to the best of your ability.

Indicate your agreement or disagreement for each item using the following scale:

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

 

_____ 1.  When I am living abroad, I assess situations as quickly as I do when I am living in my own country.

 

_____ 2.   I get upset if I do not get a letter or call from my close friend(s) for more than a month, when I am living abroad.

 

_____ 3.   Given acceptable hygienic conditions, I would not mind if my children ate local food at school when I am living in another country.

 

_____ 4.   I do not like to receive unannounced visitors at home.

 

_____ 5.   I do not like customs officers meddling with my baggage at the airport.

 

_____ 6.  We all have a right to hold different beliefs about God and religion.

 

_____ 7.   I do not like to meet foreigners.

 

 

_____ 9.  I decorate my home or office with artifacts from other countries.

 

_____ 10.  Culturally mixed marriages are problematic.

 

_____ 11.  A woman’s place is at home.

 

_____ 12.  I would not allow my subordinate to promote his nephew if there is someone marginally better than him. The person who is better must be promoted at all costs.

 

_____ 13.  While living abroad, I spend most of my personal time with people from my own country.

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

____ 1.  I have respect for people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 2.   I accept people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 3.  Having many different backgrounds in America is a good thing.

 

____ 4.  People from all background should be treated equally.

 

____ 5.  I share with people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 6.  People from all backgrounds are equal.

 

____ 7.  I don’t tease people because of their background.

 

____ 8.  I live peacefully with people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 9.  I like talking with people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 10.  We should be taught about all backgrounds in school.

 

____ 11.  I get upset if I hear racist comments about any background.

 

____12.  I stand up for people from all backgrounds.

 

____ 13.  I don’t ignore people because of their background.

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

____ 1.  I am happy to interact with people from different cultures.

 

____ 2.  I feel I should make friends with people from diverse cultures.

 

____ 3.  I think my beliefs and attitudes are shaped by my culture.

 

____ 4.  I should know about other cultures to be fair to people from other cultures.

 

 

____ 5.  I know the cultural values of other cultures.

 

____ 6.  I know about body language practices of cultures other than mine

 

____ 7.  I am open-minded to people from other cultures.

 

____ 8.  People from some cultures avoid eye contact while talking.

 

 

____ 1.  I enjoy interacting with people from different cultures.

 

____ 2.  I enjoy living in cultures that are unfamiliar to me.

 

____ 3.  I am confident that I can socialize with locals in a culture that is unfamiliar to me.

 

____ 4.  I am confident that I can get accustomed to the shopping conditions in a different culture.

 

____ 5.  I am confident that I can deal with the stresses of adjusting to a culture that is new.

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

____ 1.  I do not worry very much.

____ 2.  I rarely feel anxious or fearful.

____ 3.  I often worry about things that might go wrong.

____ 4.  I feel happy most of the time.

____ 5.  I get angry easily.

____ 6.  Being in tense emotional situations scare me.

____ 7.  I usually feel lower than others.

____ 8.  If I have done something wrong, I want to hide from other people.

____ 9.  People should not care what other people do.

 

____ 10.  I have tried to write poetry.

____ 11.  Watching ballet or modern dance performances is boring.

____ 12.  I like to wonder about the origins of the universe.

____ 13.  Smells remind me of old memories.

____ 14.  When I see someone being treated unfairly, I sometimes don’t care much.

____ 15.  I like haiku poems.

____ 16.  I hardly ever get excited.

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

____ 17.  I think women should have as much sexual freedom as men

____ 18.  Sex education is a good thing.

____ 19.  I would not object to my husband or wife having friends of the opposite sex.

____ 20.  I am a traditional person.

____ 21.  I don’t get much pleasure from talking with people.

 

____ 22.  Spanking a child is the best way to teach them.

____ 23.  The trouble with children nowadays is their parents don’t punish them enough.

____ 24.  My parents were always strict with me.

____ 25.  Sometimes I rearrange my room just to make it different

____ 26.  The average citizen can influence governmental decisions.

 

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

____ 1.  I acknowledge and respect cultural differences.

____ 2.  I believe that verbal and nonverbal behavior vary across cultures and that all forms of such behavior are worthy of respect.

____ 3.  I think that cultural variations in behavior spring from different worldview assumptions.

____ 4.  I believe that my worldview is one of many equally valid worldviews.

 

____ 5.  I have added to my own cultural skills new verbal and nonverbal communication skills are appropriate in another culture.

____ 6.  I believe that culture is a process.  One does not have culture; one engages in culture.

____ 7.  I am able to temporarily give up my own worldview to participate in another worldview.

____ 8.  I have two or more cultural frames of reference, and I feel positive about cultural differences.

 

 

____ 9.  I feel culturally marginal or on the periphery of two or more cultures.

____ 10.  I am able to analyze and evaluate situations from one or more chosen cultural perspectives.

____ 11.  When faced with a choice about how I am to respond to a given situation, I am able to shift between two or more cultural perspectives and consciously make a choice to act from one of these cultural contexts.

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

 

____ 1.  I believe the world has become economically, environmentally and politically interdependent.

____ 2.  I have substantive knowledge about at least one other culture outside of the U.S., and I apply this knowledge with confidence in my professional work.

____ 3.  I am linguistically and culturally competent in at least one language and culture other than my own.

____ 4.  I use a language other than my native language at least 25% of the time.

____ 5.  I am interested and spend considerable time working on global issues.

____ 6.  I have substantive competence in analyzing global issues and a working knowledge of concepts and methods that can describe, explain, and predict changes in global systems.

____ 7. I think that the choices one makes at home have relevance for other countries, and vice versa.

 

____ 8.  I appreciate how people from other cultures are different from me.

____ 9.  I am conscious of my own perspectives and culture.

____ 10.  I want to continue to learn about the world’s peoples, cultures and issues.

____ 11. I question my own prejudices as well as all national and cultural stereotypes.

____ 12.  I recognize that my worldview is not universal.

 

 

 

 

1=strongly disagree                                     

2=disagree                                                    

3=agree                                                                     

4=strongly agree

 

____ 13.  I feel uncomfortable when I am with people who are speaking a language I do not know.

____ 14.  I try to learn about people from other cultures so that we can work and socialize together.

____ 15.  I incorporate the attractive aspects of other cultures into my own way of doing things.

____ 16.  I have learned how to produce work with people from other places on the globe.

____ 17.  I feel self-confident and comfortable socializing with people from other cultures.

____ 18.  I have lived abroad and experienced intense interaction with a variety of people from other cultures.

____ 19.  I have long-term friendships with several people from other cultures.

____ 20.  I am currently engaged in professional work with at least three people in other countries.

____ 21.  I have the ability to deal flexibly with and adjust to new people, places and situations.

____ 22.  I have the ability to psychologically put myself into another person’s shoes.

____ 23.  I can act as a cultural mediator and serve as a bridge between people of different cultures.

 


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