ERIC Number: ED396043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-13
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Culture of Learning for Diverse Student Populations.
The number of students failing in school has risen drastically in the past few years. Because of this, many educators are revisiting traditional practices and infusing effective tools that can enhance and promote literacy skills for all students. This process requires not only that teachers integrate content, but also that they elucidate the students' cognitive abilities in processing and decoding messages within the classroom context and environment. The paper addresses some of the methodologies for accomplishing these goals, and makes suggestions to help teachers involve students actively in classroom discussions and implement other nontraditional pedagogies to promote and sustain an ambiance of learning within the classroom. A responsive pedagogy derived from cognitive, social, and contextual constructivist perspectives would use students' present knowledge and experiences as a foundation for new learning. A classroom pedagogy that focuses on empowering students and creating a culture of learning will have a positive impact on all individuals concerned in the classroom today and as contributors and leaders of society tomorrow. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Reading Association of Kansas (Salina, KS, April 11-13, 1996).