Danubius International Conferences, 3rd International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

The Development of Critical Thinking as the Ground for the Intercultural (Cross-Cultural) Communication

Kateryna Pylypiuk
Last modified: 2013-05-25


Critical incidents are shown as tools for increasing our awareness and understanding of human attitudes, expectations, behaviors, and interactions. Their intention to engage participants at a meaningful, personal level through examination of attitudes and behaviors that might be critical to their effectiveness in the roles they are already performing or preparing for (in the workplace, in educational settings, and in society at large). Critical incidents in intercultural communication as brief descriptions of situations in which a misunderstanding, problem, or conflict arises as a result of the cultural differences of the interacting parties, or a problem of cross-cultural adaptation and communication. Each incident is a particular source of information and manifesto of feelings and reactions of the people involved.  Explanation of the cultural differences that people bring to the situation; which are meant to be discovered or revealed as part of the different activities outlined in this article.