Surface Level: Culture enacted and reinforced through visible codes, appearances, behaviours Respond to people and situations based on ways we have learned, the values, beliefs and assumptions that we hold. Middle Level: Here, culture is manifested through our Values – how we learnt to think things ought to be or people ought to behave especially in terms of qualities such as honesty, integrity and openness Beliefs – how we think things really are, what we think is really true and what we expect as likely consequences to our actions Deepest Level Here culture is manifested through our: Basic assumptions – our long learnt, automatic responses and established opinions We are almost always unaware of the nature of our basic assumptions but they are enacted through our behaviour and are usually rooted in our early family life and social context. Culture is shaped by our past and formed from a pattern of commonly held beliefs, attitudes, values and assumptions
How might cultural diversity affect your partnership? misinterpretation assumptions different ideas of sharing concepts of self expectations of money and resources different teaching styles differences in the ways schools work respect for elders time issues moral or religious differences greetings unwillingness to admit mistakes or problems traditions and family structures a lack of flexibility prejudice
Whats important for you and others? Select two or three statements from the list which have relevance for your school and indicate: Where would you place yourself on the line – has this changed over time? Where would the majority of families from your school place themselves? Where might your partner school place themselves?
So what about you? If these represent Germany and China, what would you draw for the UK and your country? How might these affect joint school partnership work? Are there others you would like to draw?
Pupil Perceptions Sum up the perceptions of the Year 7 pupils Where did they probably get their information? How could the partnership help to challenge these views?