ERIC Number: EJ814456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
The Power of Diversity
Page, Scott E.
School Administrator, v65 n9 p32-35 Oct 2008
Most differences that people see across identity groups are not essential. They're not hard coded into people's genes. They originate in communities and in cultures and are reinforced by daily practice. People act the ways they do because they're conforming to the people around them. In this article, the author introduces a new way of thinking about differences, based not on tolerance or appreciation, but on collective performance and on the necessity of diversity to a well-functioning school, organization or nation. He explains that in order for teachers to understand diversity, they must have to reconceptualize how they think about ability. The author suggests that teachers use a toolbox conceptualization, an alternative thought that thinks of students as having ownership of a collection of tools. He also illustrates the power of diversity through two simple models.
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Cognitive Ability, Individual Differences, Problem Solving, Prediction, School Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A