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Cultivating Cultural Competence Through Reading and Literature

By: Michele Villagran  

This study offers insight into how cultivating cultural competence through reading and literature makes an impact within our communities. Our organizations, schools, libraries, and information centers are hubs of resources for communities. Literature can be the bridge or the outlet for those of difference to help them explore, identify and resolve issues causing resistance and adversity. Becoming immersed in literature is a starting point to understanding and gaining insight about not only your own culture, but other cultures. The research question is how multicultural readings enhance cultural competence and cultural intelligence. The approach is a literature review and meta-analysis. By utilizing literature and reading to help promote cultural competence, we may have a significant impact in a student or patron’s life. An individual becomes immersed in the literature through reading with an open mind, and begins to see aspects of representation within the literature. This leads to a self-awareness of your own culture. Additionally, an individual becomes aware of other representation that is different than their own and may be curious to learn more. The anlysis concludes with how this intercultural knowledge and cultural awareness impact our communities.

Reading, Literature, Cultural competence, Cultural intelligence, Intercultural knowledge
Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Dr. Michele Villagran

Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University, United States
CA , United States

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