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ERIC Number: ED094920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 5
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Preparing Teachers for the Cross-Cultural Classroom.
Kleinfeld, Judith
The paper describes a course to prepare teachers for the cross cultural classroom. This course differs from traditional anthropology and education courses, focusing on fundamental learning principles and how the application of these in a cross cultural classroom requires taking into account cultural differences relevant to the background and educational history of the particular student group. The teacher who emerges from traditional courses is often so concerned with cultural differences that he places Indian and Eskimo students in a special category where they are exempt from standards and demands made on other students. The more productive focus in cross cultural teacher preparation may be to reverse the tradition and, rather than adapting educational methods to cultural differences, instead to determine the fundamental principles important in accomplishing a particular educational goal and how these principles can be expressed in view of particular differences. The course, which reflects this latter emphasis, begins with an analysis of representative teaching styles presented on videotapes. The students analyzed the taped behavior for non-verbal communication style, verbal communication, relevance of lessons, and unintended messages that the teacher is communicating to the students. Following these analyses, a central educational concept is presented, along with ways it can be adapted to different cross cultural teaching situations. (KM)
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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