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ERIC Number: EJ1062897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Inviting All Students to Learn
Dack, Hilary; Tomlinson, Carol Ann
Educational Leadership, v72 n6 p10-15 Mar 2015
All people are shaped by the culture in which they live, but it can be difficult for all of us to grasp that people shaped by other cultures will see and respond to the world differently than we do. These cultural differences can cause teachers to misunderstand students. For example, an educator might assume that quiet students have a language problem, when the reality is that they come from a culture that learn by quietly listening. Tomlinson and Dack offer four guidelines to help teachers become better attuned to the cultural differences in their classrooms. Recognize and appreciate cultural variance. Learn about and look for culturally influenced learning patterns. Look beyond cultural patterns to see individuals. Plan an inviting curriculum and instruction. It can be helpful to think about cultural and learning differences as being on a variety of spectrums, such as individualistic to collectivist or reserved to expressive, with students residing at different points on those spectrums. Teachers might choose a few spectrums and plan their instruction to meet the needs of students all along the spectrum. By differentiating in this way, they'll invite students with a variety of cultural backgrounds and learning needs to learn in the way that serves them best.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada