How to be more culturally responsive in your teaching

by Angela (Xiaochen) Zhang
Ph.D. student – University of Florida

1.     Develop a cultural responsive knowledge base

  • Discard inaccurate stereotypes
  • Know your students

2.     Converting cultural knowledge into relevant curricula

  • Formal
  • Symbolic
  • Societal

3.     Demonstrating cultural caring

  • Match learning styles
  • Connect communication styles to learning goals
  • Be concrete
  • Enhance performance measurement

4.     Delivery: Multiculturalize instructional practice

  • Incorporate a variety of teaching strategies

Resources

       The Lewis Model:  http://www.crossculture.com/rlcintro.html

       Martin, J.N. & Nakayama, T.K. (2010). Intercultural Communication in Contexts. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

References

·      Gay, G. (2000). Culturally responsive teaching: theory research and practice. New York: Teachers College Press.

·      Lusting, M.W. & Koester, L.G. (1999). Intercultural competence (3rd ed.). Menlo Park, CA: Longman.

·      Mackeachie, W.J. & Svinicki, M. (2006). McKeachie’s Teaching Tips. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.

·      Martin, J.N. & Nakayama, T.K. (2010). Intercultural Communication in Contexts. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

·      Powell, R.G. & Caseau, D. (2004). Classroom communication and diversity: enhancing instructional practice. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates.

Angela Zhang is a student in Mass Communication Teaching.

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