Dyne, Ang, Koh (2009) discuss a framework called Cultural Intelligence, that originated in North America, and is widely used by corporate businesses as a way to connect with potential trade partners in the Asian market. This framework can also be applied in other fields or disciplines such as sociology and education. The basic premise is that, in order to obtain cultural intelligence (CQ) you must observe and follow four stages:
1) Metacognitive CQ
2) Cognitive CQ
3) Motivational CQ
4) Behavioural CQ
One of the three big ideas of the Future-Focused Education report (2012) by Bolstad and Gilbert is diversity. The use of diversity in this context focuses on the ability for education and those involved in it to be aware, engage and achieve diversity of thought, knowledge and application so that we are equipped for the future.
This begs the question - are we currently doing all that we possibly can - to equip our multicultural learners to be able to navigate their own spaces between ethnicity, identity and diversity?