Cross-Cultural Communication: A Professional Development Learning Center


There are a number of web sites devoted to cross-cultural communication. Many are links within this Learning Center. Others can be accessed by Googling "Cross-Cultural Communication." In addition, the following books and articles are a good start. If you know of other resources that are especially helpful, please note them in the Comments box at the bottom of this page.

Barnhardt, Ray (1977). Administrative Influences in Alaskan Native Education. Cross-Cultural Issues in Alaskan Education. R. Barnhardt. Fairbanks, AK, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, UAF. I: 57-63.

Collier, M. (1979). A Film Study of Classrooms in Western Alaska. Fairbanks, AK: Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska.

Demmert, W. G., Jr. (2005). The influences of culture on learning and assessment among Native American students. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 20(1), 16-23.

Erickson, F., and Mohatt, G. (1982). Cultural organization of participation strtuctures in two classrooms fo Indian students. In G.D. Spindler (ed.), Doing the ethnography of schooling: Educational ethnography in action (pp. 132-174). New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.

First Alaskans Foundation (FAF).  (2001).  Alaska Native Education Study:  A Statewide Study of Alaska Native Values and Opinions Regarding Education in Alaska.  Anchorage, Alaska:  The McDowell Group.
First Alaskans Institute (FAI). (2005). Alaska Native K-12 Indicators, 2004. Anchorage, Alaska: McDowell Group.

Kleinfeld, Judith (1972). Effective Teachers of Indian and Eskimo High School Students. Fairbanks: ISEGR.

Ongtooguk, P. (2000). Aspects of Traditional Inupiaq Education. Retrieved from

Philips, S.U. (1972). Participant structures and communicative competence: Warm Springs children in community and classroom. In C. Cazden, V.P. John and D. Hymes (Eds.), Functions of language in the classroom (pp. 370-394). New York: Teachers College Press.

Reyhner, Jon (ed.) (1992). Teaching American Indian Students. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Tharp, Roland G. (2006). Four hundred years of evidence: Culture, pedagogy, and native America. Journal of American Indian Education, V. 45, N. 2, Special Issue Guest Editors, Peggy McCardle & William Demmert (pp. 6-23).

Scollon, Ron and Suzanne B.K. (1980) Interethnic Communication. Alaska Native Language Center. Fairbanks.