Post-Grant Reports


Faculty Development Grant Report

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | International and Intercultural Communication | Language and Literacy Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


In the summer of 2016, I participated in a three-day workshop at the Intercultural Communications Institute at Reed College. The focus was on learning about assessment tools available to measure levels and predisposition toward intercultural learning. Over the three-day period we examined the pros and cons of the tools available, as well as the literature produced by scholars in the field. Another part of the workshop involved our own participation in taking the intercultural surveys, with results used to develop a plan for improvement, a process that mirrors what as administrators we would be engaged in providing. During the discussion parts of the workshop we also heard from attendees who were already trying different tools in diverse sectors such as business, government, health, and education. A highlight was the sharing of best practices on how to use these tools most effectively in a learning environment. I left the workshop with ideas and activities I would begin implementing for my January Term abroad in January of 2017.

In February of 2017, I attended a one-day qualifying seminar for the Intercultural Development Scale (IES). Following an initial trial, I was able to administer the instrument to my entire class of about 20 students who were preparing for a full semester abroad. The next phase of my development with these intercultural assessment tools will involve testing another of the tools with a different set of students.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Faculty Development Grant in 2016, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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