The intercultural sensitivity of student teachers in three cities

Yuet Mui Celeste YUEN, David GROSSMAN

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This study represents an initial attempt to determine and compare the levels of the intercultural sensitivity of three samples of student teachers in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). A total of 317 student teachers participated in the study. Across the three samples, the majority of participants tended to see the world from an ethnocentric perspective and tended to simplify or polarize cultural differences. They also had a tendency to emphasize commonality and universal norms, and showed difficulties in comprehending and accommodating complex cultural differences. Based on the results, the study offers recommendations for the development of a suitable intercultural training programme to achieve greater intercultural sensitivity for future teachers in each of the three cities. Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-365
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


Yuen, C. Y. M., & Grossman, D. L. (2009). The intercultural sensitivity of student teachers in three cities. Compare, 39(3), 349-365.


  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Intercultural development inventory
  • Student teachers

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