Accession Number : ADA509341


Title :   Social Perspective Taking


Descriptive Note : Final rept. May-Nov 2007


Corporate Author : ECROSSCULTURE CORP BOULDER CO


Personal Author(s) : Roan, Linda ; Strong, Beret ; Foss, Paulette ; Yager, Mark ; Gehlbach, Hunter ; Metcalf, Kimberly A


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a509341.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 69


Abstract : The current mindset of the Army is that it must be able to win our Nation's wars while at the same time ready to assist in stability operations (U.S. Department of the Army, 2008). A challenge is that Soldiers often have to bridge large cultural gaps and may lack the language skills to effectively engage with the host of individuals now present in these operations including the local populace, host nation security forces, coalition partners and other foreign governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Perspective taking - described more formally as Social Perspective Taking (SPT) - is an interpersonal technique which may address these challenges. SPT is a skill often learned throughout life but may be very difficult in cross-cultural interactions. This report describes the results of a literature review and SME and Soldier interviews regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to develop SPT and the methods used to train SPT. Based on this information a four module curriculum is proposed which utilizes a four-step method for the development of SPT. The curriculum trains Soldiers how to accurately consider the host-national?s perspective without cultural bias and erroneous assumptions and allows Soldiers to meet host-national goals while accomplishing U.S. missions and objectives.


Descriptors :   *SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY , *INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , LITERATURE SURVEYS , INTERVIEWING , MODULAR CONSTRUCTION , SECURITY PERSONNEL , ARMY PERSONNEL , EDUCATION , STABILITY , INTERACTIONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE