First Advisor

Milton Bennett

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication




Culture, Education -- China, Education -- United States, Intercultural communication, Communication in small groups



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1 online resource (116 p.)


The increasing contact between countries in today’ shrinking world indicates an urgent need for effective communication between cultures. Fundamental to satisfying this need is an understanding of cultural value systems—what factors have created them and how they interact within society. This paper addresses the value systems of two countries that recently have found themselves in positions of expanding contact, the United States (US) and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The value systems of the cultures are traced from their transference to the young of the cultures through formal educational systems to their effect on learning and perceptual sets. General implications are then suggested as to the effect of these learning and perceptual sets on the communicator styles of the cultures when meeting in a small task group setting.


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