ERIC Number: ED377311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Diversity and Teamwork. ERIC Digest No. 152.
Lankard, Bettina A.
In today's society, when increasing numbers of employees are being expected to work in teams and when cultural diversity is becoming commonplace in schools and workplaces, it is imperative that vocational and career educators prepare students for future interactions in a culturally diverse workplace. Communication differences between generations, genders, races, and cultures have been examined in recent best sellers and in professional publications in the field of education. The following strategies, which have been synthesized from publications dealing with various aspects/levels of education, are recommended for use by educators preparing students to interact with one another and work together in teams: nurture students' respect for other viewpoints, develop students' critical thinking skills, affirm the presence and validity of different learning styles, encourage equitable participation in the classroom, and emphasize the importance of teamwork in a multicultural society. Businesses and educators alike are recognizing the changing demographics of the labor force and are developing an awareness of the implications of changing customer profiles, staffing patterns, and student populations. The multicultural composition of the United States poses a challenge to educators; however, education for work in a multicultural society has significant value. (Contains 10 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.