Culturally Relevant Teaching:
A WebQuest for EDU 380
Dr. Barb Beyerbach
As an effective teacher in the 21st Century it is important for educators to have a conceptual understanding of diversity. This understanding must go beyond just clarifying differences and begin to develop into a layered, social justice-oriented multicultural perspective. This can only be achieved thorough exploration of historical/political/socio-cultural factors that contribute to America's various ways of learning and living. Teachers must understand the roles of power, privilege and oppression and the complicated fashion in which they permeate our society.
Teachers should process this information with great care and reflection so that they can make appropriate and socially just classroom decisions (both curricular and non-curricular). Teachers who acknowledge the relevancy of various cultural contributions instill cultural pride in their students and a sense of personal connection to curriculum.
This WebQuest has been designed for upper level undergraduate students to both increase their awareness of the influence of socio-cultural factors on the field of education and to help them to create curriculum that reflects the ideals of equity and social justice.
From Course Overview - Syllabus for EDU 380
" Culturally relevant teaching combines an examination of the cultural and socioeconomic influences on teaching and learning (KNOWLEDGE) with a commitment to challenging social (and educational) injustice (SOCIAL JUSTICE)...Candidates will identify obvious and subtle individual, institutional, and cultural actions (REFLECTION) that perpetuate social structures."
Students are to explore the history of their
assigned socio-cultural group. They are to create a comprehensive
historical perspective of their group with special consideration given to
issues of power, privilege and oppression.
Secondly consider current issues related your
group of peoples. How has the history of your group contributed to the
concerns of today? What role has the past played in the oppression of
today? Some questions to consider may be....
European Ethnic Groups
From Course Syllabus for EDU 380
"Single Group Study -- Group Investigation. (25%) You will participate in a group investigation researching a particular ethnic group in our country. Your group will
This WebQuest will help you as a responsible professional to engage in a dialogue about cultural relevancy in a more profound and thoughtful way. This search for information should allow you to dig deeper into personal misconceptions as well as well engrained societal misconceptions in a search for a more socially just mindset and teaching philosophy.
Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page