Cultural (self)awareness

Marcel van der Poel
March 7, 2023
Marcel van der Poel
March 7, 2023

Profiling one’s own cultural identity is not easy; finding words for ‘who we are’ is difficult. Yet, we know from research (e.g. King & Baxter Magolda, 2005) that the more effort people put in knowing their own cultural background, their own cultural upbringing, the origin of their personal worldviews and convictions, the better they are equipped for understanding others. With this exercise we try to understand our own cultural identity a bit better.

Learning goal
The goal is to make learners (even more) aware of the layers and patterns in one’s personal (cultural) identity. This will help them (better) understand the cultural identity of others.

Target audience
The activity is aimed at all kinds of participants in intercultural sensitivity training.

The activity lasts between 1 and 2 hour(s), (depending on group size).

Detailed information
For an elaborate description of the exercise please check the factsheet.

Author and affiliation
Marcel van der Poel (
Hanze University of Applied Sciences