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ERIC Number: ED370911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Diversity in Classrooms: What Teachers Need To Know.
Sandhu, Daya Singh
This paper emphasizes the significance of cultural diversity in American schools and its implications for the teaching and learning processes. Also highlighted is the importance of the realization that diversity is what makes the United States unique. The paper discusses the cultural dynamics of clashes and conflicts as well as of cooperation and cohesiveness in a school setting where different ethnic groups meet. A framework is provided for examining differences in world views; clashes in cultural values; culture-based preferences for learning environments; barriers due to cultural differences; learning style differences in cultures predicated on the philosophy that all students can learn, that students learn differently, and that students learn better when they are taught in their specific learning styles; historical hostilities and prejudice problems; cultural differences and alienation; and cultural taboos. The document concludes with a three-step model for culturally responsive teaching. The three steps of action, acceptance, and awareness, suggest a number of teacher initiated behaviors to manage diversity and encourage interactions that are enhanced by differences. (Contains 25 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversity (Student)