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Intercultural Knowledge and Awareness (AACU)

Reprinted [or Excerpted] with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Rubric, created by American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU)

Scoring DomainEmergingDevelopingProficientAdvanced
Knowledge: Cultural self- awareness
Shows minimal awareness of own cultural rules and biases (even those shared with own cultural group(s)) (e.g. uncomfortable with identifying possible cultural differences with others.)
    Identifies own cultural rules and biases (e.g. with a strong preference for those rules shared with own cultural group and seeks the same in others.)
      Recognizes new perspectives about  own cultural rules and biases (e.g. not looking for sameness; comfortable with the complexities that new perspectives offer.)
        Articulates insights into own cultural rules and biases (e.g. seeking complexity; aware of how her/his experiences have shaped these rules, and how to recognize and respond to cultural biases, resulting in a shift in self-description.)
          Knowledge: Knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks
          Demonstrates surface understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
            Demonstrates partial understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
              Demonstrates adequate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
                Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
                  Skills: Empathy
                  Views the experience of others but does so through own cultural worldview.
                    Identifies components of other cultural perspectives but responds in all situations with own worldview.
                      Recognizes intellectual and emotional dimensions of more than one worldview and sometimes uses more than one worldview in interactions.
                        Interprets intercultural experience from the perspectives of own and more than one worldview and demonstrates ability to act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group.
                          Skills: Verbal and nonverbal communication
                          Has a minimal level of understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication; is unable to negotiate a shared understanding.
                            Identifies some cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication and is aware that misunderstandings can occur based on those differences but is still unable to negotiate a shared understanding.
                              Recognizes and participates in cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication and begins to negotiate a shared understanding based on those differences.
                                Articulates a complex understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication (e.g., demonstrates understanding of the degree to which people use physical contact while communicating in different cultures or use direct/indirect and explicit/implicit meanings) and is able to skillfully negotiate a shared understanding based on those differences.
                                  Attitudes: Curiosity
                                  States minimal interest in learning more about other cultures.
                                    Asks simple or surface questions about other cultures.
                                      Asks deeper questions about other cultures and seeks out answers to these questions.
                                        Asks complex questions about other cultures, seeks out and articulates answers to these questions that reflect multiple cultural perspectives.
                                          Attitudes: Openness
                                          Receptive to interacting with culturally different others. Has difficulty suspending any judgment in her/his interactions with culturally different others, but is unaware of own judgment.
                                            Expresses openness to most, if not all, interactions with culturally different others. Has difficulty suspending any judgment in her/his interactions with culturally different others, and is aware of own judgment and expresses a willingness to change.
                                              Begins to initiate and develop interactions with culturally different others. Begins to suspend judgment in valuing her/his interactions with culturally different others.
                                                Initiates and develops interactions with culturally different others. Suspends judgment in valuing her/his interactions with culturally different others.