Methodological journey: Lessons learned from a student-led intercultural pilot study

Ryan James Price, Rebecca Walton, Matthew Petersen


Gaining cultural competence is important for technical communication researchers working in intercultural, multilingual environments. Based on our experience of carrying out a qualitative pilot study, we critically reflect upon our intercultural research journey so that other graduate students and new researchers may benefit from lessons that we learned along the way. We argue that researchers can gain cultural competence by (1) having a solid understanding of intercultural rhetorical theory, and (2) partnering with an interpreter who is a member of a relevant cultural arena.


cultural competence, student research, intercultural rhetoric, interpreters

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