ERIC Number: ED276448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-11
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Individualizing Instruction across the Disciplines for the Culturally Diverse Learner.
Educational institutions need to recognize and accommodate the individual needs of learners from culturally diverse backgrounds, of whom a large number are Blacks and Hispanics. To accommodate the educational needs of these learners, educators need to build on their entry-level strengths, which have been identified as: (1) orientation toward sports and other activities requiring use of psychomotor skills; (2) desire to engage in role playing: (3) problem-oriented approach to learning; (4) frequent use of an inductive approach to learning; (5) perseverance; (6) abstract verbal ability; and (7) need for cooperative learning experiences. The life style of the culturally diverse learner often places emphasis on skills and norms that are in conflict with the middle-class orientation of most schools. Teaching methods that closely match the learning styles of these learners include visual, kinesthetic, and tactile strategies; role-playing and socio-dramatic strategies; the use of a performance contract; computer-assisted instruction; and a tutoring plan. Teaching strategies that fully accommodate these learners' needs must continue to be explored in order to ensure that these learners reach their full potential. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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Note: In: Thinking across the Disciplines. ISII 1986. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Society for Individualized Instruction (15th, Atlanta, Georgia, October 9-11, 1986); see IR 012 493.