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Self Assessment of Cross-Cultural Sensitivity for Faculty Who Teach in the Multicultural Classroom [microform] / James A. Schnell
Bib ID 5496311
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Schnell, James A
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1988 
14 p. 

Cross-cultural awareness in the multicultural classroom has become an important issue in recent years for two main reasons: a continued increase in the number of international students studying in the United States and an increased emphasis on faculty skills for dealing with minorities in the classroom. Faculty approaches to maintaining cultural equilibrium in the classroom are frequently mistaken for cross-cultural insensitivity. A self-reporting instrument can help faculty gauge their awareness of primary areas of cross-cultural difference in the classroom. Culture bound areas are areas that can be interpreted and emphasized in significantly different ways depending upon an individual's cultural background. The survey instrument offered in this paper is based on an outline of culture bound areas which was created by the National Association for Developmental Education. Faculty indicate their responses to each statement in each area. The instrument focuses on teacher expectations, standards, personal perspectives, approaches in common situations, and how these areas may benefit or detract from the classroom environment. Specific analysis of the following survey areas can be beneficial: (1) teacher-student communication should be based on formal (rather than informal) interaction; (2) emotionally charged issues and conflict should be handled by never losing control over oneself or the classroom; (3) humor should be used; and (4) students should be treated the same, whether the teacher likes them individually or not. (Twenty-eight references are attached.) (RAE)


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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classroom Communication.  |  Cultural Awareness.  |  Cultural Background.  |  Cultural Differences.  |  Higher Education.  |  Intercultural Communication.  |  Interpersonal Communication.  |  Teacher Role.  |  Teacher Surveys
Form/genre Guides, Non-Classroom.  |  Tests/Questionnaires.
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