For children to excel in a classroom, they must be valued there and share in
the dialogue of learning. Delpit (1992) encourages the participation of all
voices in the classroom. This fosters greater understanding not only of the
curricula but of various people and cultures as well. Taylor (1987) offers
educators a framework for becoming more insightful observers in multicultural
- Differences between cultures are often perceived as threatening.
- Feelings of apprehension, loneliness, or lack of confidence are common when
visiting and experiencing another culture.
- First-hand experience is the best way to understand the many subtleties of
- What is logical and important in one culture may seem irrational and
unimportant to another.
- In describing another culture, people tend to stress differences and
- Stereotyping due to over-generalization may be inevitable among those who
lack frequent contact with other cultures.
- Personal observations of others about another culture should be regarded
- All cultures have internal variations.
- Cultural awareness varies within individuals.
- One's own sense of cultural identity often is not evident until one
encounters another culture.
- Cultures are continually evolving.
- Understanding another culture is a continuous process.
- One should understand the language of a culture to best understand that
Excerpted with permission from O. Taylor (1988). Cross-cultural communication: An essential dimension of effective education (pp. 3-4). Washington, DC: Mid-Atlantic Center for Race Equity.
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