ERIC Number: ED420166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Building Cross-Cultural Competence: A Handbook for Teachers.
The handbook presents guidelines for cross-cultural understanding and communication to assist teachers in culturally and linguistically diverse classes. The guidelines are presented in the form of suggestions in ten areas: (1) become familiar with basic concepts in anthropology, sociology, and related disciplines, and use the knowledge to build an intellectual framework for organizing and interpreting cultural information; (2) study the culture and history of ethnic groups represented in the school and community; (3) understand differences between the cultures of the school and home and bridge the distance by building on student strengths; (4) learn to recognize and remedy equity problems; (5) realize how one's own perceptions, thoughts, and behavior are conditioned by cultural context, and remain positively but critically identified within one's own cultural group; (6) approach other cultures with interest, respect, and a sense of shared humanity; (7) hold the belief that students from every cultural group within the school can succeed academically; (8) do not ask that students alienate themselves from their own cultural groups to satisfy school expectations; (9) improve intercultural communication and conflict resolution skills; and (10) develop a repertoire of instructional approaches to use in meeting varied student needs. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Intercultural Communication, Multicultural Education, Skill Development, Student Adjustment, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Educational Equity Services.