International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science (IJMECS)

ISSN: 2075-0161 (Print), ISSN: 2075-017X (Online)

Published By: MECS Press

IJMECS Vol.7, No.6, Jun. 2015

Examining Chen and Starosta's Model of Intercultural Sensitivity in the Taiwanese Cultural Context

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Jia-Fen Wu

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Intercultural Sensitivity (IS);confirmatory factor analysis (CFA);exploratory factor analysis (EFA);English Proficiency


The main purpose of this study was to empirically examine Chen and Starosta's Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and reproduce a valid scale in the Taiwanese cultural context, using both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Results indicated that Chen and Starosta's five-factor model of intercultural sensitivity (IS) did not fit the Taiwanese cultural context. Instead, a four-factor model of IS was created using an exploratory factor analysis. The four factors were based on the 13 items of 24-item Intercultural Sensitivity Scale (ISS) formulated by Chen and Starosta. The reliability coefficient was .801, demonstrating high internal consistency. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed again to determine the construct validity of the alternative model of IS. Since cultural differences may influence the factor structure of a test, using both EFA and CFA can methodologically provide a meaningful explanation for replication studies. This study proposes an alternative model of the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale that is a better fit with Taiwanese culture by reinterpreting Chen and Starosta's ISS.

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Jia-Fen Wu,"Examining Chen and Starosta's Model of Intercultural Sensitivity in the Taiwanese Cultural Context", IJMECS, vol.7, no.6, pp.1-8, 2015.DOI: 10.5815/ijmecs.2015.06.01


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