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ERIC Number: EJ906388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Developing Cohesion and Building Positive Relationships through Storytelling in a Culturally Diverse New Zealand Classroom
Baskerville, Delia
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v27 n1 p107-115 Jan 2011
Educational research highlights the importance of positive teacher student relationships and recommends teachers adopt teaching strategies that are more culturally inclusive, and allow for reciprocal teaching and learning where student prior knowledge is legitimized. Participants in this study experienced such an approach. Through a storytelling process they fostered empathy, compassion, tolerance and respect for difference. This paper introduces four interrelated factors that enhanced participant understanding of themselves, others and cultural perspectives: developing the ways of working, establishing a caring supportive environment, privileging student voice through personal stories, and enhancing participant connectedness and relationship change. These results have potential relevance for teachers and teacher educators who face the challenge of catering for the learning needs of culturally diverse students in their classrooms. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand