Module 6 - Culturally Sensitive Pedagogy – 3 credits
At this time in the planet's history, the various cultures of the world are increasingly coming into contact with each other. This happens as a result of changes in transportation, communication, immigration, and the export of cultural products. It is important to prepare students for the multicultural society that they will live in. Whether the Neohumanist educator is living and teaching in a culture other than their culture of origin, or whether they are teaching in their own culture but have students from many different cultural backgrounds in their classroom, they need to understand 1) their own cultural conditioning, 2) how one studies and comes to understand a culture other than their own, and 3) how to educate all students in a culturally sensitive way.
Neohumanism values diverse cultural expressions. It also embodies a critical understanding of the ways in which the politics of colonialism, imperialism, racism, consumerism, and ethnocentricity have served to oppress people and destroy the unique cultural expressions of humanity. Neohumanist education seeks to heal the wounds that have been inflicted by the abuse of power. A starting point in this project is the affirmation of the cultural expressions of the locality in which a Neohumanist school exists. The principle of "unity within diversity" is important too. What is meant by universalism, and what is the connection between the universal and the particular?
In this unit, the student learns to "think like an anthropologist", and investigate how to go about learning about the values, beliefs, stories of origin (cosmology), legends, arts, habits of mind, customs, and daily rituals of a culture. They are then asked to think about how to design culturally relevant learning environments, and how to teach in culturally sensitive ways.
¨ Undoing Cultural Conditioning
¨ Understanding Diverse Cultures
¨ Designing Culturally Appropriate Curriculum
Competency in Culturally Sensitive Pedagogy
- The student has investigated their own cultural roots and is aware of their own cultural orientation and biases.
- The student is able to study and understand a culture other than their own.
- The student understands the elements of a culturally sensitive curriculum and learning environment
- The student is aware of the dangers of pseudo-culture
- Teacher: Arete Brim