“A culturally inclusive classroom is one where students and staff alike recognise, appreciate and capitalise on diversity so as to enrich the overall learning experience. Fostering a culturally inclusive learning environment encourages all individuals – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or political beliefs – to develop personal contacts and effective intercultural skills.”
(Barker, Frederiks & Farrelly, n.d.).
What makes a positive learning environment? The following videos may shed some light on it:
Conscious Educating. (2011). A positive learning environment.
A culturally friendly environment may help individual to form group identity while interacting with members with different ethnicity without discriminating other ethnic groups due to misunderstanding, resistance, rejection, etc. Individual who have implicit culture awareness realizes the difference between one’s own cultures are different from the with others, with an open mind and attitude to accept the difference and do away with ethnocentrism may prevent racism and arrogantly pouring out insult statement (Awang-Rozaimie et al, 2011). Being able to tolerate and accept cultural diversity is a huge step towards preventing cultural conflicts that may undermine harmonious intercultural relations and social integration.
The school is empowered and entrusted with the noble mission to create a culturally friendly environment that nurture social integration where individual is aware of cultural diversity and compromise with cultural differences.
This video reveals the seven principles of culturally responsive teaching and learning (duration: 32:14)
Seven principles of culturally responsive teaching and learning.(2012).
Can you list down all the seven principles that were stated in the video?
The subtopics under this topic are:
- Managing physical environment
- Managing socioemotional environment
- Relationships among ethnics
- Managing teaching and learning
- Cultural and indigenous relevant pedagogy
- Pedagogy for combine classes
- Pribumi Pedagogy
- Culturally responsive assessment
Good Practice Resource Booklet – Designing Culturally Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments – Classroom. Excerpt from GIHE Good Practice Resource Booklet on Designing Culturally Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments prepared by Professor Michelle Barker, Dr Elisha Frederiks and Brona Farrelly Strategies. http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/184853/Creating-a-Culturally-Inclusive-Classroom-Environment-mcb2.pdf