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1. The blunt and simple answer to culture affecting student performance is yes it does. The textbook offers some examples that seem erroneous, to in theory help dissuade the reader for using culture as a divider in a classroom. Examples include that culture is reserved for the privileged, the dependency of Latino children for their parents leads to deficiencies, or that Vietnamese students donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t typically want to work in groups. Despite these examples that oversimplify, there are indeed critical differences. In order to address these differences, let us consider the power of expectations in sociological and psychological terms. This can be seen in a variety of ways from the placebo, Pygmalion, or in terms of education-specific, the Rosenthal effect. As an online educator, the variety of geographical locations and cultures attending a class can greatly differ, so too will their expectations, and when those expectations arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t met, classroom participation and academic scores can drop. However, there are tools or accommodations that a teacher can utilize to overcome these issues.
2. To overcome these differences provided by culture in education, a teacher has several methods they can employ. The first is to provide clear and exact expectations from both the class and individuals, to help clear up any misconceptions or aforementioned issues in the educational proceedings. This can include levels of workload, quality of assignments and grading rubrics, or the classroom and behavior expectations, among other things. Additionally, setting these expectations high in accordance with the Rosenthal and Pygmalion effect has statistically shown to improve student performance. The second critical method to employ is to simply individualize oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s methods. Students have a variety of learning methods and interact differently based on a variety of factors, to include culture, and working with these students in their native manner is critical in providing the best educational outcomes. The last method is related, as it is to embrace their personalities and cultures. This can be done through discussion and understanding, by involving the parents in education, and by simply allowing students to think creatively and freely as they identify who they are as a person.
These questions are bound to raise a few flags, but as discussed in the textbook, colorblindness isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the right answer. Differences exist in culture that bleed into all facets of life, and these differences need to be addressed and supported in order to achieve the best learning outcomes. However, also addressed by the textbook, one shoe wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit all sizes, nor will one regiment best reach all the students. Thus it is important to provide individualized attention to the students and rather than generalizing, identify what works best for them.
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