Challenges to Cross-Cultural Research

Challenges to cross-cultural research are ample and significant. Pragmatic issues may preclude long term immersion in the culture due to financial issues or lack of sufficient time. Additionally, translation issues may make it difficult to achieve a one–to-one correspondence on questionnaire items used in multiple cultures and languages. Additionally, there are often delicate negotiations across gender, age, status, religious, and economic backgrounds that can involve power and privilege in ways that require careful and appropriate discussion to resolve ethically and to preserve the integrity of the research, researchers, and research participants. As you move forward in your future professional work, take the time to consider the challenges researchers face in light of growing need to further understand the diverse cultures in the world at large. You will find that this type of research will be critically important to further your professional growth and knowledge.

For this Discussion, you will examine the challenges to cross-cultural research.

To Prepare
  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the types of challenges researchers face when conducting cross-cultural research.
By Day 3

Post and explain three major challenges to conducting cross-cultural research. Then, suggest one way to solve one of the challenges.

Note: Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and identify current relevant literature to support your work.

Read your colleagues’ postings.

 
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