What We Know About: Culture & Learning

This report examines the relationship between culture and learning and discusses how conflicts between the culture of one's home and that of the classroom can hinder the educational process for many students.

One more in the ever-popular What We Know About... series, the report reviews examples of culturally sensitive instructional practices, and describes the considerations that teachers and school administrators should take into account as they meet the needs of a student population that is growing ever more diverse.

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Table of Contents
I. Why Culture Matters 7
Culture Discontinuity 8
Understanding Sources of Culture Conflict in the Classroom 14
Cognitive Styles as a Cultural Variable 22
II. What We Know about Human Learning and Effective Instruction 31
Key Findings of the Research on Human Learning 31
What We Know About Good Teaching 35
Teaching Styles and Learner Preferences 44
III. Culturally Sensitive Instruction 49
IV. Culturally Sensitive Classrooms 55
V. Keeping Culture in Mind when Working with Families 67

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