By Jean Moule

We know that an appreciation of variety is necessary, yet how do you educate that to scholars? CULTURAL COMPETENCE: A PRIMER FOR EDUCATORS, 2d variation, exhibits you the fundamentals of multicultural schooling ideas in a quick, easy-to-use schooling textbook. the writer additionally deals insights into the psycho-social dimensions of educating culturally varied populations. Thorough but concise, this can be the advisor you will have to make sure that you emphasize the significance of variety on your school room.

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Other Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. CHAPTER 1 What It Means to Be Culturally Competent 11 early terms included “education of the culturally different” and “education for cultural pluralism” (Gibson, 1976).

Students can say whatever they believe. This may, in turn, lead to conflict with others. That is okay. But they should be willing to look at what they say, take responsibility for their words, and learn from what ensues. Anything that happens during class is a learning opportunity. It can and may be analyzed as part of the process. The class is a microcosm of the outer racial world, with all of its problems, and honest interaction in class can shed valuable light on the dynamics of intergroup relationships and conflict.

Educational goals can be altered to better fit cultural values. For example, a Korean family may not feel comfortable about being involved in conflict resolution in the classroom (see the scenario in Chapter 6). A teacher’s style of interaction in which he or she carries out the learning process can be adjusted to become more familiar to the student. For example, in many cultures, teaching practices are highly authoritative, with advice freely given by experts. Asian students may tend to respond to teachers by showing deference.

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