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Culture Matters!

Culture Matters!
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Author(s): Andrea L. Edmundson (eWorld Learning, Inc., USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 3
Source title: Cases on Globalized and Culturally Appropriate E-Learning: Challenges and Solutions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrea Edmundson (eWorld Learning, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-989-7.ch019

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Abstract

I have had my mantra since my first trip overseas–a six-month internship as an undergraduate spent in New Zealand–“Culture matters!” On my first international trip, I asked myself, “How different could it be? After all, New Zealand is an English speaking, developed country!” On my first day, I had to drive on the left side of the road instead of on the right. Can you imagine? They gave me the keys to a vehicle without considering this handicap. I circled the ‘round-about at least 4 times before I felt comfortable that my brain had adjusted to exiting correctly. I literally had to practice that maneuver mentally: My first hint that managing cultural differences required different thought patterns and practice!

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