Bridging Cultures: Teacher Education Module by Carrie Rothstein-Fisch

By Carrie Rothstein-Fisch

Bridging Cultures: instructor schooling Module is a qualified improvement source for instructor educators and employees builders to aid preservice and in-service lecturers develop into acquainted with cultural changes and comprehend methods of bridging the expectancies of college settings with these of the house. In a nonthreatening, cognitively significant means, the Module is predicated on teacher-constructed and verified ideas to enhance home-school verbal exchange and dad or mum involvement. those concepts have been built as a part of the Bridging Cultures undertaking, which explores the cultural price changes among the individualistic orientation of mainstream U.S. faculties and the collectivistic orientation of many immigrant households. The objective of the Bridging Cultures undertaking is to aid and aid lecturers of their paintings with scholars and households from immigrant cultures.

the center-piece of the Module is education assets, together with an summary, an time table, and a well-tested three-hour script designed as a lecture-discussion with dependent possibilities for guided discussion and small-group dialogue. in the course of the script, "Facilitators Notes" annotate presentation feedback and outsized margins inspire integration of the facilitator's own studies in providing and adapting the Module. principles for utilizing the Readings for Bridging Cultures are supplied. a piece of overhead transparencies and handout masters is integrated. The Module additionally offers a dialogue of the function of tradition in schooling and the constructs of individualism and collectivism, an summary of the results of the Bridging Cultures undertaking, and review result of the author's use of the Module in sections of a preservice instructor schooling path.

Bridging Cultures: instructor schooling Module brings the profitable methods and practices of the Bridging Cultures venture to a bigger viewers in collage classes and in specialist improvement arenas. Designed to be used in a single or classification periods, the Module could be included in classes on academic psychology, baby improvement, counseling psychology, and any others that take care of tradition in education.

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Notice the strong emphasis on self and on being better than others in these expressions. Latino immigrant parents may fear that praise will make children egotistical. " They interpret this as a demeaning self-fulfilling prophecy that will cause children to develop negative self-esteem. However, within the home culture, using such nicknames is an important way to remind children to focus attention on schoolwork or the task at hand. The criticism is meant to foster normative behavior so that individuals do not become isolated from their group.

One way for educators to respect the cultural value of sharing is to accept gifts graciously while acknowledging good attendance, a positive attitude, respectfulness, concentrated effort, or helpful behavior. Overhead 15 Shared School Supplies BRIDGING CULTURES Teacher Education Module 34 SCRIPT NOTES Cognitive skills and objects out of context versus Social skills and objects in a social context Return to Overhead 12, Seven Sources, and reveal Cognitive skills versus Social skills. -szz:z (Overhead 12) In the individualistic value system, cognitive skills are valued in and of themselves.

Immigrant children are not the only ones who may suffer from excessive or insincere praise. Kohn (1993) denounces "phony praise" (p. 109) and questions the value of praise that sets up competition. He also condemns public praise as undermining intrinsic motivation. Rethinking Academic Award Activities Equipped with the framework, a colleague of a Bridging Cultures teacher began to recognize the underlying cause of her students' resistance to the monthly Awards Assembly.

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