ERIC Number: ED257147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Practical Applications of Multicultural Communication Theory in the Classroom Setting.
Jones, Charlotte M.
Research has documented that students display culture-specific differences when interacting in multicultural classroom settings. Considering the possible misinterpretations and difficulties for both foreign students and instructors in United States institutions, it can be argued that instructors should be made aware of these differences and strategies for bridging potential intercultural gaps. A study was conducted to investigate the practical applications of multicultural education conceptualizations in an urban area with several cultures. It found that out of 27 elementary school districts, only one has a specialized department created specifically for disseminating multicultural education information. The study also revealed that several other districts were aware of the importance of cultural differences but did not have funding available to train teachers effectively in this area. With the increasing influx of immigrants to the sample area, the results suggest that increased public awareness is needed to gain funding for creating new training programs and to further develop existing training facilities. (A description of the specific training process and content of the existing multicultural education program are included.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Fresno, CA, February 16-19, 1985).