The Status of Cultural Knowledge in Nursing Education. Annie Aarup Jensen, Department of Education, Learning and Philosophy Kirsten Jæger Department of culture and global Studies Aalborg university. Project framework : Cultural Intelligence , sub-projectTalking Culture.
Annie Aarup Jensen, Department of Education, Learning and Philosophy
Department of culture and global Studies
Participants: Copenhagen Business School, Aalborg University, national and international corporate and institutional partners
Sub-project Talking Culture: Research project, aiming at investigating the discursive constructions of culture, cultural difference and intercultural encounters pertaining to organizational and professional practice (multicultural for-profit organizations and public institutions (healthcare sector, nursing education))
Pays little attention to professional identities
Has little understanding of professional implications of intercultural communication issues/problems; lacks professional insight on a detailed level
Views intercultural communication problems as related to (national)cultural identities, secondarily to organizational identities
‘cultural knowledge’ (knowledge of the culturally different; cultural self-reflection etc.) conducive to efficient intercultural interaction
Professionals’ research on ICC ->”transcultural nursing” (has been criticized for ‘inherent culturalism’)
Due to the lack of professional insight, ICC researchers’ results and recommendations cannot address profession-related problems in detail or in depth, but remain relatively general and unspecific.
It is always a good idea “to raise one’s cultural self awareness; to be aware of personal and organizational discourse; and first and foremost: to be a culturally reflective person, critically reflecting on one’s own cultural biases and always embracing difference with an open mind”.
Possible to understand different views on the importance of cultural knowledge as articulations of different professionalization strategies (not as nursing educators’ sufficient/insufficient recognition of the ‘objectively existing cultural knowledge need’ in nursing education)
Contribute to the development of a ‘common ground’ on which precarious issues involving both professional concerns and cultural and linguistic considerations can be discussed and understood