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Cultural diversity

This posting emphasizes how to promote positive attitudes in children towards cultural diversity. It helps to design an instructional strategy including resources, techniques, and activities to address and promote cultural diversity.

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Teachers can facilitate multicultural awareness in many ways. For examples, effective teachers must use social situations within their classes to foster diversity. Collaborative and cooperative learning lessons are critical. Research suggests that "Schools should provide all students with opportunities to participate in extra- and co-curricular activities that develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that we must increase academic achievement and foster positive interracial relationships" (http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/multicultural/banks.htm). In order to promote multicultural awareness, we cannot just bring in burritos, sushi, or Indian tacos; instead, kids must have authentic, daily interactions in social contexts with kids from all races, disabilities, religions, and other areas of diversity.

Besides social interactions to promote diversity, it is also important for teachers to self assess in order to recognize any biases or negative tendencies. Teachers must be role models in this area. Research from http://www.indiana.edu/~icy/diversity_race.html regarding teacher traits also offers a powerful checklist to analyze teachers' attitudes and behaviors:

?Do not adopt preconceived notions and attitudes about minority students' ability to perform, high or low. ...

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Cultural diversity is considered.