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Psychology Applied to Teaching, Eleventh Edition
Jack Snowman, Southern Illinois University
Robert Biehler
Chapter Themes
Chapter 5: Addressing Cultural And Socioeconomic Diversity

Students vary in their cultural backgrounds.
Cultural diversity among students is an important aspect of the classroom. Teachers need to know how to account for and understand aspects of cultural diversity among their students in order to provide an environment conducive to student learning. Varying levels of language proficiency is one example of a cultural aspect that many teachers must readily address.

Teacher expectations should not be created on limited information.
There are several factors that go into the achievement level of students. It is vital that teachers do not create expectancies for their students based on arbitrary personal characteristics such as race, gender, or economic status. Research has shown that low expectations by the teacher can have a negative impact on student achievement.

Multicultural teaching is essential.
Teachers need to develop perspectives of cultural diversity, as well as expose their students to concepts and understandings of cultural and social differences. Students need opportunities to learn about diversity as it relates to a variety of social contexts.

Technology provides us with a resource to address cultural issues.
Advances in technology have provided new ways to address a variety of cultural issues. Through telecommunication projects, e-mail, and multimedia environments, teachers and students both have more resources available for learning about cultural diversity. Teachers also benefit from technology resources when considering issues of multicultural teaching and bilingual education.




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