Recognition of the multicultural nature of today’s societies in the classroom leads to understanding of difference and remembrance of similarities for all participants. Therefore, in order for multicultural education to make an impact on how people perceive and interact with others, all perspectives must become valued. www.minedu.govt.nz
Students come to us with different life experiences and views. Their cultural background shapes their learning in a myriad of ways. If our goal is to create classrooms that work in harmony with our students’ cultural make-up, and where their experiences are used to facilitate learning, then we need to consider the diversity that our students bring into the classroom.
|Francoise Armand of the University of Montreal researches openness to linguistic diversity at the elementary level. Her research includes working with at-risk population groups, such as new allophone immigrants. Armand believes that we must recognize the fact that allophone students bring with them a wealth of literacy experiences to the classroom.|
Lisa Delpit, is one of the foremost American educators on culturally relevant approaches to education.
As well, Delpit addresses some of the issues surrounding culture in an interview given to Dana Goldstein of The Nation in March of 2012. You can find it here.
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