Global Training & Global Teaching
these two statements about a presentation of any kind delivered to learners
or listeners from a culture different from your own:
methods of delivery and your relations with your learners/listeners are
best guided by...
the unique learning style of each separate learner/listener."
the expectation about how-best-to-learn that the learners/listeners share
with others from their own cultural background."
webpage invites you to explore Statement 2
found this webpage, most likely, because you are facing a challenge related
to international training, international teaching, "training localization,"
or similar endeavor involving someone from one cultural background facing
learners or listeners from one or more different backgrounds.
you have the opportunity to discover what a sociocultural perspective
has to contribute to an overall understanding of the ways, in other regions
of the world, adults and older youth have become accustomed to absorbing
knowledge and skills in classrooms, training rooms, and meeting rooms.
understanding is highly applicable in cases in which the national background
of the presenter, teacher, trainer, facilitator, or instructor is different
from that of the learners or listeners.
A Sociocultural Perspective on Training Localization
anthropologists, ethnographers, sociologists, and psychologists have been
studying a wide variety of classrooms around the world. Insider accounts
have been written by teachers, trainers, professors, students, and trainees.
A few accounts from long-bygone eras can be found as well. These
analyses reveal either classroom activities within a single nation, or
contrast the classrooms of two selected nations.
of these descriptions and analyses leads to the conclusion that there are
typical patterns of interaction that differ across national cultures in
reasonably stable and predictable ways.
culture's pattern of classroom interaction is anchored in assumptions and
values shared by the members of that culture. An understanding of
these patterns, and of their differences across cultures, can be
converted into practical "how-to" guidelines for teachers,
trainers, instructors, facilitators, professors, and business presenters.
is the meaning of "training localization" from a sociocultural perspective.
And this is what Dr. Cornelius Grove has been working to accomplish over
Teaching Abroad? Training Abroad?
of Dr. Grove's research, writing, consulting, and training has consistently
been to develop practical "how-to" guidelines for those who teach, train,
or present to others from unfamiliar cultures.
his efforts has been a determination to avoid the assumption
that technological wizardry would eventually solve every challenge of knowledge-transmission
across distances and cultures.
technology increase the efficiency of the process of knowledge-transmission?
technology improve the effectiveness of the relationship
between presenter and learner? No.
latter issue, about interpersonal relationships and classroom cultures,
has been Dr. Grove's focus.
who make similar claims are almost all looking at these issues from the
psychological perspective of "learning styles." A learning-styles
approach focuses on presumed characteristics of each separate learner,
then expects the teacher, trainer, or presenter to adapt to each individual.
(Is that possible?)
Grove looks at these issues from the sociocultural perspective of "instructional
styles." This approach focuses on the cultural characteristics of
of learners (e.g., some might be Chinese, others Brazilian, others Argentinian...).
The teacher, trainer, or presenter is then expected to adapt his relationship
style to approximate the expectations of groups of learners.
you are, or will be, teaching or training or presenting abroad -- or if
you're staying home and facing learners or listeners who have come from
abroad -- then Dr. Grove's insights can benefit you.
International Train-the-Trainer (or -Teacher
offers a train-the-trainer workshop for professionals who find themselves
in the role of teacher, trainer, instructor, facilitator, or presenter
facing learners or listeners from unfamiliar cultures:
Grove's Toolkit for Effective Presentations to Nationally Mixed Audiences
an overview, click on "Dr. Grove's Toolkit Training" the lefthand (black)
Additional Outcomes of Dr. Grove's Research
At a global conference in Singapore, Dr. Grove's presented a lengthy paper
Understanding the Two Instructional Style Prototypes:
Pathways to Success in Internationally Diverse Classrooms
is one of the bases of "Dr. Grove's Toolkit." To read a short abstract
of this paper, click here.
Available, too, is a much shorter, more practice-oriented paper by Dr.
How People from Different Cultures Expect to Learn
also provides insight into "Dr. Grove's Toolkit." To read this paper
in full now?, click here.
For an interactive introduction to Dr. Grove's perspective on training,
teaching, and presenting across cultures, set aside ten minutes to participate
on-line in his...
begin this fascinating quiz, click on "12-Item Interactive Quiz" in the
lefthand (black) column.
During the mid-2000s, Dr. Grove began working on a book on instructional
styles in cross-cultural perspective. He decided to include a chapter
on why Americans think about learning and classroom instruction in a characteristic
way. His research for that chapter required five years...and soon
will be published as a book. For details, click on "Book Currently
in Press" in the lefthand (black) column.
in the autumn of 2013, Dr. Grove intends to return to his book on instructional
For more insight into Dr. Grove's perspective on "learning styles," click
For a full professional biography of Dr. Grove, click here
(use "Back" to return).
him: Use your phone to call Dr. Grove now at +1-718-492-1896.