Culture In School Learning: Revealing The Deep Meaning

Culture In School Learning: Revealing The Deep Meaning

Culture in School Learning: Revealing the Deep Meaning

In this text Etta Hollins presents a powerful process for developing a teaching perspective that embraces the centrality of culture in school learning. The six-part process covers objectifying culture, personalizing culture, inquiring about students' cultures and communities, applying knowledge about culture to teaching, formulating theory or a conceptual framework linking culture and school learning, and transforming professional practice to better meet the needs of students from different cultural and experiential backgrounds. All aspects of the process are interrelated and interdependent. Two basic procedures are employed in this process: constructing an operational definition of culture that reveals its deep meaning in cognition and learning, and applying the reflective-interpretive-inquiry (RIQ) approach to making linkages between students' cultural and experiential backgrounds and classroom instruction. Discussion within chapters is not intended to provide complete and final answers to the questions posed, but rather to generate discussion, critical thinking, and further investigation.

Pedagogical Features

  • Focus Questions at the beginning of each chapter assist the reader in identifying complex issues to be examined.
  • Chapter Summaries provide a quick review of the main topics presented.
  • Suggested Learning Experiences have...

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