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An Evaluation of the Intercultural Communication Competence of Filipino Engineering Students in Communicating with Other Southeast Asians

Lagman, K.A., & Natividad, F.B. (2019). An Evaluation of the Intercultural Communication Competence of Filipino Engineering Students in Communicating with Other Southeast Asians. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

As ASEAN integration is concerned with mobility within industries involving engineers, the current study evaluates the intercultural communication competence (ICC) of Filipino engineering students in communication with other Southeast Asians. It utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the affective, cognitive, and behavioral dimensions of ICC in light of educational environments and individual manifestations of ethnocentrism. The inquiry was guided by an integration of Chen & Starosta’s (1996) Dimensions of Intercultural Communication Competence, Bandura’s (1986) Social Cognitive Theory, and Bennett’s (1986) Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. A total of 400 survey respondents and 17 informants, all Filipino engineering students in Metro Manila, were sampled from randomly selected ABET-accredited degree programs and their non-ABET-accredited counterparts. Data from both sources produces a holistic view of the current state of ICC among Filipino engineering students in Metro Manila. Filipino engineering students perceive themselves to be well-equipped with ICC in interactions with other Southeast Asians. However, their ICC is only weakly determined by their experiences of intercultural communication as part of their environment. Furthermore, Filipino culture remains central to their views of cultural difference and definitions of competent behavior in relation to other Southeast Asians.

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