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How can Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory help the needs of diverse students?

The number of culturally diverse students is increasing and schools may not meeting the needs of these students.

One approach is to develop pedagogical approaches that are based on Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory of learning and educational philosophy to address the needs of culturally diverse students.

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If the culture of the student is not utilized, one could become disengaged and subsequently may not be motivated to learn leading to loss of identity, poor self-esteem, which could lead to poor achievement, lower retention rates, higher absenteeism, and an increase in school drop out rates (Castagno & Brayboy, 2008).

The first practical goal is to develop pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that are based on Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory of learning and educational philosophy to address the needs of culturally diverse students. The second practical goal is to develop a culturally responsive curriculum that is culturally sensitive to diverse students.

Vygotsky's developmental socio-cultural theory addresses the relationship between socialization and cognitive achievement of diverse students. ...

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Vygotsky's developmental socio-cultural theory addresses the understanding of how learning takes place through student cultural environments. This could have implications for educators who want to make a difference in diverse students' learning, achievement, and persistence in staying in school. This solution discusses this further.

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