May 29, by Emily Buchanan Last month Aprilthe National School Climate Center and Fordham University concluded that "sustained positive school climate is associated with positive child and youth development, effective risk-prevention and health-promotion efforts, student learning and academic achievement, increased student graduation rates, and teacher retention.
Bridging Cultures Between Home and School: A Guide for Teachers Vol. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Pp. In the same way, even the best-intentioned person may be unaware of how deep cultural values affect his or her own beliefs about what is right or wrong, valuable or worthless.
People naturally work to avoid such moments of unpleasantness. Yet seizing such a moment of cultural dissonance and peering beneath its surfaces leads to deeper understanding between people. In Bridging Cultures Between Home and School, the goal is clearly to build stronger ties between parents, teachers, and students of differing cultural backgrounds by increasing intercultural skills.
First and foremost, Bridging Cultures describes a collaborative educational study project in the Los Angeles area. University of California professors started the Bridging Cultures project with teacher training in Seven bilingual elementary teachers, four of whom were Latino, learned how to define culture using a framework of examining collectivism vs.
After completing their workshop training, teachers met together twice a month to continue researching and using the framework in their schools. The project itself is an excellent example of partnership between classroom teachers and university researchers.
As a result of this ongoing partnership, some of these teachers have been published including co-authorship of Bridging Cultures: A Guide for Teachers as well as become educational trainers themselves.
The Bridging Cultures project has promoted a long-term process of inquiry and discovery. The framework it presents for understanding cultural diversity is both nimble and effective. Rather than define culture by examining five, or seven, or even ten different components, the framework presents a single continuum—individualism vs.
The goal is to identify the underlying deep value orientations that differ so greatly between the predominate North American culture and immigrant cultures from countries such as Mexico, Thailand, South Korea, West African countries, as well as many others. Behaviors and beliefs rise out of these deep values and surface in classroom situations and parent-teacher conferences, resulting in dissonance that, when misperceived by both sides, leads very quickly to conflict or withdrawal.
Most educators are familiar with the multicultural approach to curriculum and instruction. Bridging Cultures does not deal with multicultural education or curriculum design; the focus is on more than incorporating surface culture elements into classroom settings and instructional conversations, although that is certainly likely to occur in a classroom designed by a culturally skilled teacher.
The ideas in Bridging Cultures are presented with a clear aim—to increase understanding between school personnel and family members of immigrant children. Tools are suggested for monitoring parent-teacher conference conversations in order to determine the degree of successful communication.
Examples of conflict and misunderstandings between parents and schools are discussed in the book, and guidelines for examining and improving communication are suggested.
Children of immigrant children move between two cultures every day.
Her brothers even stopped communicating with the family and with their father because they saw him as ignorant. One of the results of realizing the disparity of messages immigrant children may be receiving is often a more informed, compassionate approach to discipline issues.achievement and the overall culture of a school.
School leaders must mold the culture of the school in order to create an environment which is conducive to learning. Culture permeates every part of the school and can be felt, more than seen, in everything that happens in a school.
Transforming a school's culture – its essence – requires examination and recalibration of the inputs and the outcomes, the processes and policies. Conversely, school climate research has indicated that a poor school climate is associated with higher absenteeism (Reid, ), suspension rates (Wu, Pink, Crain, & Moles, ), and school dropout rates (Anderson, ).
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