Communication Styles & Cultural Dimensions Checklist
Please complete the readings and activities before continuing to Module 3.0
☐ Watch Trecia’s video on Cultural Value Systems
☐ Reflection Note: Identifying Your Cultural Values
☐ Watch Trecia’s video on Cultural Specific vs General Knowledge Frameworks
☐ Watch video on Hofstede’s 6 Cultural Dimensions Model
☐ Watch Trecia’s video on High vs Low Context Cultures
☐ Complete the end of session questions
By the end of this module you will be able to:
- Identify self and others’ values.
- Compare cultural dimensions from two or more countries.
- Distinguish between high and low context communication styles.
What are Cultural Values?
In this video, you will learn about cultural values that are basically the core principles and ideals upon which an entire community exists, and protect, and rely upon for existence and harmonious relationships. Let us explore how this concept is made up of several parts: customs, which involve traditions and rituals; values, which are beliefs; and culture, which is all of a group’s guiding values.
Cultural Values: Examples
Note: The information presented below is not for comparison
Identifying your Cultural Values
For this activity, you can choose to download and use this document, or use the form below.
If you choose to complete with the online version, identify the cultural values you connect with most and then answer the questions at that follow.
Cultural Knowledge and Dimensions
Now that you are aware of cultural values, and how our various beliefs, norms, and social practices shape our very existence, let us talk about cultural knowledge, and dimensions, and how we can use these dimensions to make comparisons among prevalent world cultures.
The concept of cultural dimensions is based on the idea that there are fundamental topics every culture has to deal with. Anthropologists and sociologists sought to define cultural dimensions in order to make different cultures comparable. Thus, dimensions can help to analyze cultural differences and their consequences.
Culture General Frameworks work with various cultural dimensions to provide a general perspective for comparing and contrasting cultures. Let us now take a deep dive to understand these dimensions and how they are used by popular culture general frameworks namely Hofstede’s Six-Dimensional Model, and Edward Hall’s High-Low Content Cultural Communication Dimensions.
Culture-Specific and Culture General Knowledge Frameworks
In this video, you will be concentrating on culture-specific and culture general knowledge. You will learn about Confucian and the First Nation cultures, and how to use the culture general frameworks to compare and analyze various cultural dimensions.
Hofstede’s Six Cultural Dimensions Model
While human nature is inherited, culture is learned; however, individuals within all cultures vary based on differences, preferences, values, and experiences. Hofstede identifies cultural dimensions that are globally applicable and are reflected in all aspects of life, including family life, child-rearing practices, education, employment, and health care practices. Watch the video to know more about Hofstede’s six-dimensional framework.
Also, visit the link to 2.1 below to view how Hofstede’s dimensions are summarized on world maps, and also learn further about the cultural dimensions from Hofstede himself.
If you’re interested in reading more about Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Model explore 2.1 Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – Maps of the World.
High vs Low Context Cultures
The concepts of high context and low context refer to how people communicate in different cultures. Differences can be derived from the extent to which meaning is transmitted through actual words used or implied by the context. In this video, we are going to explore Edward Hall’s High and Low Context Culture General Framework.
Note: Although Edward Hall’s High and Low communication cultures refer to the values cultures place on indirect and direct communication, we should avoid stereotyping people based on the countries they may come from. We must keep in mind that high-context and low-context styles are not mutually exclusive. Each has its place and is preferred at different times or with different people, and thus we should not designate any individual or culture.
Check Your Understanding
You’ve completed Module 2!
Time to break out the donuts!
What’s coming up?
Now you can move on to Module 3.0 Unconscious Bias & Visioning from the menu at the left. 2.1 Hofsteade’s Cultural dimensions – Maps of the World is further reading if you are interested in digging deeper into the concept of cultural dimensions.