Peer Review of Research Project Part 1

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Peer Review of Research Project Part 1- Cultural Communication Values and Intercultural Communication Challenges Paper

Review the draft of the person who posted his/her response directly below yours in the MAIN FORUM. If your draft is the last posted, review the first draft posted at the top of the thread.

Complete the attached "Peer Review Worksheet”.

You will need to post your completed Peer Review Worksheet and peer reviewed essay with any marks & comments to 2 places: 1) to the MAIN FORUM for your peer to view, and 2) to the Peer Review assignment box, so the instructor can grade your work.

Attach the file with your completed Peer Review Worksheet and essay to the MAIN FORUM as a "reply" to the initial post of your peer's first draft.

Your Peer Review worksheet is due by Day 5 of Topic 3.

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COM-263 Peer Review Worksheet Please provide quality feedback to your peers that will help them to improve their writing skills. This worksheet will assist you in providing that feedback. Name of the draft’s author: Name of the peer reviewer: Reviewer After reading through the paper one time, write a summary (three to five sentences) of the paper that includes your assessment of how well the paper meets the assignment requirements as specified in the assignment directions and rubric. After a second, closer reading of the paper and another look at the rubric, identify specific areas that are strong and areas that could use reinforcements or revisions. Two strengths of the paper: 1. 2. Three things that could use reinforcements or revisions: 1. 2. 3. Running head: JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 1 Research Project Jasmine Sterner Grand Canyon University: COM-263 April 22, 2018 JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 2 Research Project Understanding other cultures is important for communication. Whether intentional or not, people often do not have a correct perspective of cultures that are different than their own. People sometimes base their limited knowledge of another culture off what they see in the media. The media portrays cultures in certain ways and it creates stereotypes and sometimes negative attitudes towards others. When people make an effort to learn how others think, what they value, and what they prioritize in their culture, they can make connections with individual people and focus on humanity rather than differences. Stereotyping and Ethnocentrism Both stereotyping and ethnocentrism deal with people’s attitudes towards cultures that are different than their own. Stereotyping is the assumption that a person fits into a preconceived category based on their culture, race, gender, background, or profession. It can create negative ideas that are applied to an entire group of people, when in reality it applies to few. Everyone stereotypes because it is a way that our brains organize information(Neuliep, 2017). But as we gain awareness of the problems of stereotyping, we can learn to do it less and focus instead on learning and appreciating the differences in people. A problem that can result with stereotyping is ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is the belief that one’s culture is better than all the others. Ethnocentric people measure all diversities in relation to their own, and approve or disapprove based on their own beliefs. This type of thinking can result in two extremes. It can either create a deep pride for one’s country and culture, or it can create a fear and disdain of any differences in others. In either instance, ethnocentrism creates cultural barriers. JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 3 Stereotypes in the Media Although stereotyping is a way to process information by categorizing, it can be harmful because it limits people in their communication and learning about each other. Stereotypes are often created by the media’s portrayal of a group of people, and can contribute to racism and other negative attitudes towards the people of a certain culture. For example, people might base their perspective of Japanese culture from what they see of how Asian Americans are portrayed in the media. Asian Americans are typically portrayed in a more positive light compared to other minorities, but the portrayal is still incomplete and stereotypical. In movies, Japanese are often portrayed as disciplined warriors, or as academic geniuses. Because of this, people might stereotype all Japanese people as rigid and disciplined or incredibly good at math. The media typically portrays this culture as hard working, intelligent, disciplined, family oriented, and successful(Neuliep, 2017). While the description of these traits might be accurate for many, a stereotype cannot be applied to all people of a culture. Media Stereotypes and Cultural Dimensions Stereotyping often results in an inaccurate perspective of a person, but there are certain traits that tend to be consistent across a culture. The Hofstede scale measures cultures on five different dimensions. There isn’t a better side of the scale for any dimension; it simply measures where the culture falls on certain values. There are a couple of dimensions that Japan scores heavily to one side of the scale. One is the Individualism vs. Collectivism dimension. Japan is high on the collective side, which means that the culture focuses more on the community than the individual. This contrasts with western culture, which is largely focused on the individual. In recent years, Japan’s focus has started becoming slightly more individualistic, but throughout history has been primarily focused on the JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 4 collective good of its society(Neuliep, 2017). Japan’s collective tendency even extends beyond the society, and includes the environment as well. Western culture separates objects, but Japan observes all things in relation to everything around it, including the environment or other people in society. In the Japanese culture it is important to consider the big picture of interdependence and harmony(Neuliep, 2017). This dimension has to do with different perspectives of the world. Another dimension that Japan scores highly on is the Masculine vs. Feminine dimension. Japan is a very Masculine society. It’s important to understand this aspect of the culture, especially if a person is coming from a primarily feminine culture, such as Denmark. The difference in these countries is the focus on certain priorities. Japan is highly focused on excelling and is competitive. Denmark values comfort and quality of life(Neuliep, 2017). In order to be understanding and have effective communication between two different cultures, one must know and respect the differences. Effects of Stereotypes on Communication The stereotypes people believe will shape the way they interact with people from those cultures. By making assumptions, people are closing themselves off from learning more about others. Stereotypes can be a barrier in any setting, including a classroom. Students might assume that a classmate that is individualistic might act differently in a forum or group project than a classmate that is focused on the well-being of the entire class (Lopez-Rocha, 2005). In this case, they might not communicate the same way as if they assumed a person would act in the best interests of the group. If students focus on the typical stereotypes, it is possible that they would begin making decisions based off the incomplete assumptions about their classmates. Even within a culture, people vary and do not always fit into the common stereotypes. JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 5 Conclusion Cultures can vary greatly depending on the perspective and priorities of each society. The differences can be a result of the location in which people live, or their history, or the way they filter information. Although the media is full of information about people from various cultures, it often creates stereotypes and does not necessarily bridge the gap between people of different cultures. The Hofstede scale is a great tool to discover more about the overall perspective of a culture and how it compares with one’s own. Even after learning about a culture, it is important to recognize that each person within the culture will have their own differences. With the knowledge gained, people can learn to respect the differences and understand what makes each culture and person unique. JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT 6 References Lopez-Rocha, S. (2005). From Sterereotypes to Communication Styles. International Journal Of Learning, 12(5), 51. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=35af1158bf0a-4c0f-98cfec2e8f5e6faa%40sessionmgr4007&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0 ZQ%3d%3d#db=edb&AN=24978795 Neuliep, James W. (2017). Intercultural Communication, A Contextual Approach. (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2017. ...
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COM-263 Peer Review Worksheet
Please provide quality feedback to your peers that will help them to improve their writing skills.
This worksheet will assist you in providing that feedback.
Name of the draft’s author:
Name of the peer reviewer:
Reviewer
After reading through the paper one time, write a summary (three to five sentences) of the paper
that includes your assessment of how well the paper meets the assignment requirements as
specified in the assignment directions and rubric.
The paper meets the assignment requirements as per the rubric. All areas are addressed adequately in a
manner that explains and answers the question in simple terms. There are however a few grammatical
and punctuation errors that could be corrected to perfect its presentation.

After a second, closer reading of the paper and another look at the rubric, identify specific areas
that are strong and areas that could use reinforcements or revisions.
Two strengths of the paper:
1. All the assignment requirements are covered.
2. The responses under each section are well covered and put into terms anyone can
understand.
Three things that could use reinforcements or revisions:
1. Correction on the punctuation and grammatical errors
2. The incorporation of more scholarly sources (Only two have been used)
3. Incorporation of more in text citations and clear description of the example sources.


Running head: JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT
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Research Project
Jasmine Sterner
Grand Canyon University: COM-263
April 22, 2018

JASMINE STERNER RESEARCH PROJECT

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Research Project
Understanding other cultures is important for communication. Whether intention...

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