Cultural and Social Diversity in the Classroom
How the cultural and social backgrounds of students impact on learning within the classroom and the success of teaching strategies employed.
# 6406 | 1,390 words | 22 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Education (Development Studies) , Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Teaching Methods)
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An exploration of the impact that the cultural and social backgrounds of students has upon the probability of a student experiencing success at school. The challenges that the cultural and social diversity of students poses to teaching and teachers is also explored.
From the Paper:Harris (1996) suggests that schools' institutionalized practices create educational advantages or disadvantages for students. It is predominantly students from low socio-economic backgrounds who choose or are channeled into the non-academic streams, thus limiting their chances of entry into tertiary education and ultimately professional careers. Hatton (1994) and Malin (Hatton, 1994) describe how schools can systematically disadvantage groups in society. Hatton reveals ways in which underprivileged families or those not from the middle class do not always comprehend their rights as parents in pursuing grievances. Malin states that intelligence and standardized academic achievement tests are culturally biased and she appeals for teachers' pedagogy to be more sensitive to cultural differences.
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