ERIC Number: ED425130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Bridging Cultures. A Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Module.
This document summarizes Bridging Cultures, a 3-hour course module for preservice teachers that is designed to improve teachers' ability to successfully teach diverse students. It can be integrated into existing courses on child development, educational psychology, or the like. The module introduces a framework (based on the constructs of individualism and constructivism) for understanding cultural differences that influence how students and teachers interact and how parents and teachers interact. The module offers opportunities for student participation and documents formats for evaluating student learning. It gives examples of actual student reflections and evaluation comments on the meaning and usefulness of the content. The 19 appendixes include descriptions of the original Bridging Cultures workshops; an outline of the Bridging Cultures preservice module; an overview of the Bridging Cultures project; a sample classroom scenario; graphs of responses to the classroom scenario; definitions of individualism and collectivism; descriptions of classroom incidents and interpretation of those incidents; descriptions of parent-teacher conferences and interpretation of parent-teacher conferences; school breakfast and school-wide cross-cultural misunderstanding, and interpretation of the school breakfast incident; sources of home-school conflict; exit evaluation of the Bridging Cultures preservice module; comments from the exit evaluation; a midterm question; and the most valuable things learned in the course. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bridging Cultures Project, CA.; WestEd, San Francisco, CA.; California Univ., Los Angeles.; California State Univ., Northridge.