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ERIC Number: ED429983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 21
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Multicultural Reflection.
Buckley, Jeri
This paper examines how people reflect, individually and collaboratively, in different cultural contexts, discussing the consequences for teacher education. The paper suggests that the ways in which people reflect individually are shared across cultures, but the ways in which people reflect together are structured differently by their varied cultures, and this may have important consequences for teacher education since student teachers come from diverse cultures. After presenting research on and examples of individual and collaborative reflection from several diverse cultures, the paper concludes that teacher educators must be prepared to teach their students how to access the tools of discussion, and the teaching should be guided by various cultural considerations. The considerations include: learning to embrace one's own cultural tools for collaborative reflection; learning not to take for granted that other people share the same customs of reflection; being aware of the importance of establishing group norms for the college; welcoming the insights of other cultures into the reflective process; and meeting the challenge of learning how to share one's own understandings with people from different cultures. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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