4 Education and Cultural Diversity: Concepts for Special Education Banks suggests six major components or elements of culture:Values and behavioral stylesLanguages and dialectsNonverbal communicationAwareness (of one’s cultural distinctiveness)Frames of reference (normative world views or perspectives)Identification (feeling part of the cultural group)
5 Education and Cultural Diversity Macroculture- race, religion, social class, disability, gender, and ethnic group; these elements together make up a national or shared cultureMicroculture- smaller cultures that share the common characteristics of the macroculture but have their unique values, styles, languages, and nonverbal communication
6 Education and Cultural Diversity Nearly 1 in 5 Americans does not speak English at homeMore than 2 million grandparents are raising their grandchildrenThe number of adults who work solely out of their homes has grown a third since 19901 in 6 children lives in povertyThe nation gained more immigrants in the 1990s than in any previous decadePoverty places children at higher risk of disability
7 Sociocultural TheoryTheory that the individual, interpersonal or social experiences, and community or institution are all important and inseparable causes of human behavior and that language ties all of these aspects of development together
8 Sociocultural TheoryA complete account of learning and development must take into account three levels:The individual plane- individual cognition, emotion, behavior, values, and beliefsThe interpersonal plane- communication, role performances, dialogue, cooperation, conflict, assessmentThe community plane- shared history, languages, rules, values, beliefs, and identities
9 Ethnic minority communities have a strong influence on students’ achievement and school behavior,three cautions:Guard against stereotypesThe fact that minority communities may have a strong influence on school success does not relieve schools of the obligation to provide a multicultural educationThe support of families and the minority community may be insufficient to improve the academic success of minority students
10 Purposes of Multicultural Education To promote pride in one’s own cultural heritage and understanding of microcultures different from one’s ownTo foster positive attitudes toward cultural diversityTo ensure equal educational opportunities for all students
11 Purposes of Multicultural Education Two questions complicate the matter when we get below the surface and address the actual practice of multiculturalism in educationWhich cultures shall we include?What and how shall we teach about them?
12 Multicultural Education One of the most controversial aspects of multicultural education is the use of languageWhat labels and terms are acceptable for designating various groups?Consider cultures in which women are treated as chattel, as well as the drug culture, the culture of street gangs, the culture of povertyTo what extent does every culture have a right to perpetuate itself?How should we respond to some members of the Deaf culture, who reject the prevention of deafness or procedures and devices that enable deaf children to hear, preferring deafness to hearing and wishing to sustain the Deaf culture deliberately?
13 Implementing Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education Exceptionality group- a group sharing a set of specific abilities or disabilitiesMulticultural special education- focuses on 2 main objectives:Ensuring that ethnicity is not mistaken for educational exceptionalityIncreasing understanding of the microculture of exceptionalityDisproportionate representation of racial minority students in special education classes points to the need to make strong academic programs for all students, implement effective special education policies, increase level of home/school involvement, and use diverse community resources
14 AssessmentTraditional assessment practices have often violated the U.S. ideals of equal opportunity regardless of ethic originEducators and psychologists’ assessments- criticized as being biased because of misrepresentation of the abilities of students and useless because they only result in labeling rather than educational programmingTraditional standardized tests have serious limitations- do not take cultural diversity into account, they focus on the individuals’ deficits, and they do not provide useful informationCurriculum-based assessment (CBA)- A formative evaluation method designed to evaluate performance in the particular curriculum to which students are exposed
15 InstructionObjective of multicultural education is ensuring that all students are instructed in ways that do not penalize them because of their cultural differencesIf students’ differences are ignored, the students will probably be given instruction that is not suited to their cultural needsClasswide peer tutoring- helpful for elementary children who are not proficient in EnglishFour instructional goals:Teaching tolerance & appreciation of differenceWorking cooperatively with familiesImproving instruction for language-minority studentsAdopting effective teaching practices
16 Teaching Tolerance and Appreciation/ Working with Families We can do so by learning more about ourselves and our heritageTeaching tolerance includes differences of all types, including disabilitiesMore information on tolerance:Parents have different views of disabilities and different ways of accommodating these differences in their childrenParents of low-income and minority children may feel alienated from schools
17 Improving Instruction for Language-Minority Students Students for whom English is a second language face demands of learning a new language and mastering traditional subject matterThose with disabilities also have to cope with additional hurdles imposed by their disabilityDifferent approaches to teaching language-minority students:Native-language emphasis- students are taught for most of the day in their native language and later make a translation to EnglishSheltered-English approach- students receive instruction in English for most of the school from the beginning of their schooling
18 Six Components of Effective Teaching Scaffolding and strategies- the teacher assists the student in learning a task and then phases out the help as the student learns to use the strategy independentlyChallenge- All students need to be given challenging tasksInvolvement- Students must be engaged in extended conversations, in which they use complex linguistic structuresSuccess- Students at the highest risk of failure and dropping out are those who have low rates of success in daily school activitiesMediation and feedback- Provide frequent, comprehensible feedback on performanceResponsiveness to cultural and individual diversity- The content of instruction must be related to students’ experiences
19 SocializationInvolves helping students develop appropriate social perceptions and interactions with othersTeaching about different cultures and their value may be important in reducing ethnic conflict and promoting respect for human differences.Cooperative learning- A teaching approach in which the teacher places students with similar abilities together to work on assignments