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Associate Editor
Prof. Tomasz Neumann

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TransNav, Faculty of Navigation
Gdynia Maritime University
3, John Paul II Avenue
81-345 Gdynia, POLAND
A Door Opener: Teaching Cross Cultural Competence to Seafarers
1 Constanta Maritime University, Constanța, Romania
2 Vestfold University College, Tonsberg, Norway
ABSTRACT: The importance of developing cultural competence in maritime professionals is increasingly being recognized. Seafarers seek knowledge to help them cope with the growing diversity of their employers, leaders and colleagues. However, even though requirements designed to address cultural competence are incorporated into maritime school curricula, the institutional culture of maritime education systematically tends to foster static and essentialist conceptions of ?culture? as applied to seafarers. Many questions emerge when we try to teach in a way that brings alive the humanity of mariners. These questions are waiting for their answers, so in our paper we shall try to find and explain some approaches and ways of teaching and research as the goal is to provide maritime professionals with practical wisdom in comprehending what is the seafarers? life on board ship.
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Citation note:
Chirea-Ungureanu C., Rosenhave P.-E.: A Door Opener: Teaching Cross Cultural Competence to Seafarers. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 527-532, 2012

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