An Exploratory Test of the Effects of Computer-assisted Intercultural Training: A Possible Means for Reducing Ethnic Conflict?

Eunkyong Lee Yook (1)
(1) Communication Department George Mason University, United States


In an attempt to find a solution to the problems of ethnic conflict Intercultural Sensitizers, a form of intercultural training, were tested in this research In the first study, an exploratory study of the effects of interactive digital intercultural training showed that the difference between pretest and posttest scores of these seventeen participants was significant (p < .0001), i.e. there was an improved attitude change towards African Americans by Korean Americans. A second study was conducted to increase the sample size.  Results again showed that the training was highly effective in changing behavioral intentions of Koreans, with the differences between the pretest and posttest scores showing significant positive change.

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Eunkyong Lee Yook, Communication Department George Mason University

Eunkyong (Esther) Yook received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota's department of Speech Communication with an emphasis on Communication Theory. She has two Master degrees, one in Simultaneous Language Interpretation (Korean, English, French) and the other in Speech Communication. Her research interests are on topics related to intercultural and instructional communication, with the latest book being Communication Centers and Across the Curriculum Programs in Higher Education, published by Lexington Books in 2012.

Yook, E. L. (2013). An Exploratory Test of the Effects of Computer-assisted Intercultural Training: A Possible Means for Reducing Ethnic Conflict?. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 13(2), 1–06.

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