Intercultural Differences In Mobile Students

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INTRODUCTION Motivation I’ve always interested in psychology. I like to watch TV shows or movies concerning similar themes, or read related books, or enroll a course on MOOC; I enjoy the feeling of little thrill time to time by knowing some interesting psychological facts about people. Sometimes I use these little facts to analyze myself just for fun, but more importantly, these knowledges made me understand the world better, and the people among the world. Now culture, in my understanding, is the mixture of individuals’ psychology, it is dynamic yet somehow static, and it influences people life and work. I’m also a Chinese studying-abroad student, and I’m not an active participator in class, like many Asian students. Therefore, I want to…show more content…
And when two cultures differ in every encounter with each other, the occurrence of impact is foreseeable, which brought us to the topic of the impact of intercultural differences in tertiary level. In APA Guidelines on multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organization Change for Psychologists (Anderson, N.B. 2009), culture is defined as follows: “The belief systems and value orientations that influence customs, norms, practices, and social institutions, including psychological processes (language, care taking practices, media, educational systems) and organizations (media, educational systems; Fiske, Kitayama, Markus, & Nisbett,…show more content…
Culture, first appeared in mid-15 century, its etyma is “cultura” in Latin, which means “tending, cultivation, and agriculture” , it also means “honoring, flattering and worship” (Kroeber & Kluckhohn, 1952). In the beginning of 16 century, “culture” has derivate a slight meaning of self-cultivation. In 1805, Wordsworth saw “culture” as “intellectual side of civilization”,, and “complex of customs and achievement of a people” in 1867. But the first clear interpretation was made by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor—the founder of Cultural Anthropology in 1871 within his representative work, Primitive Culture. In this book, Tylor defined “culture” as a complex which including knowledge, religion, arts, morality, laws, customs and the ability and habits obtained by anyone as a member of society . It’s also worth mentioning that Tylor is the first advocate of using statistics in the research of ethnology (Chen,

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