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School of Education


Social Science--Teacher Certification


Educational Methods | Geography | History | Human Geography | International and Area Studies | Secondary Education


Cultural competence is an important skill in our globalized world. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a good metric for cultural competence. CQ is used by businesses to improve cultural competence of their employees. There has been a lot of research on the development of CQ in undergraduate business students. Experiential teaching methods are the most effective in improving students’ CQ. CQ is a valuable skill for high school students to learn. The subject most appropriate to include training in CQ is social studies, and specifically World Geography. Pedagogical methods such as cultural interviews used in undergraduate business courses can also be used in high school classes. CQ would be a valuable addition to the social studies curriculum.