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ERIC Number: EJ805214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
A Transcultural Wisdom Bank in the Classroom: Making Cultural Diversity a Key Resource in Teaching and Learning
Chang, Jui-shan
Journal of Studies in International Education, v10 n4 p369-377 2006
This article presents an account of how the author has made cultural diversity a powerful pedagogical resource for teaching rather than a burden. It is suggested that such an approach can deliver real educational benefits, rather than simply being a protocol to meet the requirements of "political correctness" or commercial imperatives. The issues addressed include how and why the author (a) mobilises cultural diversity and a comparative perspective in her curriculum; (b) proposes the notion of a "transcultural wisdom bank"; (c) brings cultural diversity into students' active learning, which is achieved with intellectual depth and personal engagement; and (d) demonstrates with a learning infrastructure of group work and a "super-structure" of cultural contrasts to generate surprises and provoke new thoughts and discovery.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A