ERIC Number: EJ1280744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Cross-Cultural Community Building: Strategies for Improving Interactions in Diverse Educational Settings
Williams-Duncan, Omah M.
Multicultural Education, v27 n2 p18-23 Win 2020
Culturally diverse educational settings can be challenging to navigate as participants in these settings risk misinterpreting others from different cultures. This article highlights six strategies school community members can use to foster positive cross-cultural interactions while exhibiting and modeling professional teacher dispositions: (1) Practice Humility and Tact; (2) Active Listening; (3) Question to Learn; (4) Preface Advice to Decrease Emotional Fallout; (5) Offer Opportunity, Not Judgment; and (6) Conduct Dispositional Self-Checks. These strategies come from the literature and real case scenarios experienced by a teacher educator trained in multicultural education and science curriculum and instruction. Understanding how to implement these strategies can help transform what some may call "risky encounters" into learning experiences for participants.
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Multicultural Education, Teacher Characteristics, Personality, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Behavior, Diversity, Intercultural Communication
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