Exploring the Cultural Landscape—A Transdisciplinary Literature Review

Session Number: 2977
Track: AEA Sponsored Sessions
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Cultural Competence In Evaluation, Evaluation Research & Practice, Teaching of Evaluation
Session Chair: Arthur E Hernandez [TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI]
Presenter 1: Tiffeny R. Jimenez [National Louis University]
Presenter 2: Julia Lechuga [The University of Texas at El Paso]
Presenter 3: Tamarah Moss [Howard University School of Social Work & 2015 AEA MSI Fellow]
Presenter 4: Jose A. Munoz [CSU San Bernardino]
Presenter 5: Elizabeth Williams [Assistant Professor - Tennessee State University]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (01:45 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: Skyway 285

Audience Level: All Audiences
Learning Outcomes: 1. the state of conceptualization of cultural competent practice in
a. Social Work; b. Community Psychology; c. Public Health; d. Sociology
2. implications for the teaching, training, and learning of cultural competency for the field of evaluation.
Facilitation Experience: I have presented or facilitated workshops/professional development most recently for the Texas Association of School Psychologists, Association of Teacher Educators, American Educational Association, National Social Science Association and in the past for various other groups.

Session Abstract: 

Understanding the role of culture, across multiple level of analysis, has become a critical framework for community-based initiatives and scholarly inquiry. As a group of cross-disciplinary scholars, we grapple with understanding to what extent cultural concepts such as: bias, values, assumptions, and power have permeated our own individual personal-professional world views. Therefore, this paper is a transdisciplinary exploration of literature to identify gaps in our understanding of cultural competency. This review explores literature over the past 20 years and includes a table of common keywords, main constructs, methods, or related topics prominent in each disciplines journals. Disciplines under study include: social work, public health, sociology, and community psychology. This review also includes an exploration of evaluation theory and methods, including exemplar evaluations. While taking into consideration the unique perspectives of each author, this presentation will conclude with recommendations for the teaching, training, and learning of cultural competency for the field of evaluation.