The Impact of Value-Orientations on Cross-cultural Encounters and Mediation: A Survey in Tanzania\'s Educational System

  • CH Mayer
  • C Boness
  • L Louw


This article focuses on the impact of value-orientations on cross-cultural encounters and mediation in the Tanzanian educational system. The purpose of the article is to give an emic perspective on value-orientations in crosscultural encounters and mediation situations in the educational system, to improve understanding of the conflictive aspects of these encounters. To achieve this purpose, the aim of the article is to identify which valueorientations lead to conflicts and how these conflicts are managed. The article will, firstly, provide an overview on current value discourses and, secondly, prove the bilingual validity of value domains based on the Schwartz value model. Thirdly, methodology and empirical findings will be presented. The conclusion leads to recommendations for cross-cultural interactions between Europeans and Tanzanians.

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 8 (1) 2008: pp. 39-76

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