TEACHING ACROSS CULTURAL STRENGTHS: A GUIDE TO BALANCING INTEGRATED AND INDIVIDUALIZED CULTURAL FRAMEWORKS IN COLLEGE TEACHING
Alicia Fedelina Chávez, Susan Diana Longerbeam, Stylus Publishing, LLC (2016)
Promoting learning among college students is an elusive challenge, and all the more so when faculty
and students come from differing cultures. This comprehensive guide addresses the continuing gaps in
our knowledge about the role of culture in learning; and offers an empirically-based framework and
model, together with practical strategies, to assist faculty in transforming college teaching for all
their students through an understanding of and teaching to their strengths.
Recognizing that each student learns in culturally influenced ways, and that each instructor’s teaching
is equally influenced by her or his background and experiences, the authors offer an approach by which
teachers can progressively learn about culture while they transform their teaching through reflection and
the application of new practices that enrich student learning.
The key premise of the book is that deepening student learning and increasing retention and graduation
rates requires teaching from a strengths based perspective that recognizes the cultural assets that students
bring to higher education, and to their own learning.
Derived through research and practice, the authors present their Model of Cultural Frameworks in College
Teaching and Learning that highlights eight continua towards achieving the transformation of teaching, and
developing more culturally balanced and inclusive practices, over time. They present techniques – illustrated
by numerous examples and narratives – for building on cultural strengths in teaching; offer tips and strategies
for teaching through cultural dilemmas; and provide culturally reflective exercises.
This guide is intended for all faculty, faculty developers or administrators in higher education concerned
with equitable outcomes in higher education and with ensuring that all student cultural groups learn and graduate
at the same rates.
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