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ERIC Number: ED276448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-11
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Individualizing Instruction across the Disciplines for the Culturally Diverse Learner.
Smith, Ann
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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.