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Culturally Responsive Teaching

RUNNING HEAD : Article Critique

Article Critique

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20 September 2008 1 . Introduction

This aims to prepare four separated short summary and response s for four different articles on Culturally Responsive Teaching

2 . Analysis and Discussion

The following are the short summary and response to each of the given articles

2 .1 . Preparing For Culturally Responsive Teaching by Gay (2002

The article discusses how to improve the success of ethically diverse students via culturally responsive teaching . The

article tells also about the success of same kind of students by preparing teachers in preservice programs with the needed knowledge attitudes and skills

The article also examines the five essential elements of cultural responsive teaching which include developing knowledge based about cultural diversity that includes ethnic and cultural diversity content curriculum , demonstration of caring , building learning communities communicating with ethically diverse students and responding to diversity in the delivery of instruction

The article has further defined culturally responsive teaching to be using what are already possessed by ethnically diverse students (ETS ) as conduits for them to learn more effectively . These possessions may include the experiences , characteristics and perspectives . The author has assumed that the lived experiences of students may sit well as frames of references . This would therefore make the learning more meaningful , would create more appeal in terms of higher interest and students could learn more easily and thoroughly . The author has also previous researches to prove the result of higher academic achievements of ETS if there previous experiences are used in teaching them . This concept of learning is consistent with principle in learning - that starting from what is known would more easily to learning what is unknown . Rather than starting from the unknown by using the experiences of other cultures , the use of the previous experiences has its basis in common sense

There is basis to agree with the author in discussing how to improve the success of ethically diverse students via culturally responsive teaching by her exposing the needed elements of the program

As in any other program there are criteria to evaluate it success By exposing the needed five essential elements of cultural responsive teaching , there would be good bases for evaluation the eventual success or failure of the program in terms of compliance of the criteria . In terms of internal consistency among the five elements , there is no valid reason to disagree with author on the obvious simplicity and applicability of presentation . To illustrate one element this uses developing knowledge based about cultural diversity and ethnic and cultural diversity content curriculum . Knowledge on cultural diversity is a requirement since it would amount to knowing the premises in the syllogism by viewing the same under the principles of logic . The idea of teaching under multicultural program is the promotion of integration How would it be possible to know what needs to be integration without knowing the differences of diversity of cultures among students under the program

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