Idiot                        Fag                      Horseface Slap and spit.  Punch and push.  These are the sounds of bullying.  And they echo through our school yards and hallways. Bullying.  Even the word is ugly.  And school officials are scrambling to solve the problem.  The Culture Bump Approach to dealing with differences offers one solution.  It guides students in developing specific […]

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For me, the most valuable part of culture bump was simply being aware of cultural differences and recognizing that I am not the only one experiencing a culture bump. Because of the diverse nature of the world today, I or anyone else, can experience a culture bump at anytime. I do not have to be […]

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Janet Rae | Sociolinguistics 4315 | Dr. Peter Gingiss and Dr. Carol Archer Culture Bumps:  When Generations Collide Research indicates that people communicate based on their generational backgrounds. Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational buttons. Learning how to communicate with the different generations can eliminate many major confrontations and misunderstandings. 1 […]

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This culture bump occurred as Miguel, age 28 from Venezuela, was having a conversation with Karen, age 48 from the United States. I was videotaping their conversation as part of a research project. I hypothesized that they would have culture bumps in the course of their conversation which I could then analyze. However, this was […]

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