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Lecture 11

PSYC 3410 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Intercultural Competence, Standardized Test, Social Inequality

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PSYC 3410
Elissa Rodkey

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3410 Week 11 Lecture Notes : Ladson-Billings Readings
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Larson-Billings - “But that’s just good teaching!”
Mrs. Cook set up diff tables for activities
Matthew gets his activity done fast and is frustrated that his students are being
Mrs. Cook gives him a punishment and time out instead of allowing him to grow
Could be the way the teacher has set up the structure of the activity system
How could she have reacted to the situation?
make it clear to students that everyone works differently, she could have
explained to him its important to work i n group studies and teach him the
importance of developing social skills on top of intellectual skills, could
have had him help and guide the other students
What is CRP?
Culturally R.P - good teaching, but Ladson billings is arguing its more than good
teaching, providing an underline of the concept and developing different elements for
culturally relevant predgogy
- social interactions in learning, collective empowerment as much as individual
3 criteria:
1. Students must experience academic success
2. Students must develop and/or maintain cultural competence
3. Students must develop a critical consciousness through which they
challenge the status quo of the current social order
1. Academic Success
teachers believe students have what they need to receive Academic success -
assignment will see some teachers doubt the students that come from marginalized,
and other teachers do whatever they can do to help those students
Teachers adopting culturally relevant pedagogy highly value
using students strengths to help them learn more to acquire their academic skills
Video (Stand and Deliver):
discussing changes to make to the school to improve these students
“students will rise to your expectations”
he pushes student slo strive for math and he fights against the board to
show the students can do well in math and makes students come early
and in the summer to acquire good marks on the standardized test
Vs. this and GRIT: the issue is not that teachers shouldn’t strive to develop
grit in students, its more the focus on educational curriculum shouldn’t be
only focused on achieving grit, those at decision making level those
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should know students need access to help int he system not just grit, they
should strive for it (grit and high standards) they should push students to
put more effort, although the policy makers should realize the importance
of social inequality and to focus on providing resources for students, its
not a completely useless idea (Stokas talks about)
2. Cultural Competence
culture competence while developing academic success is just as important
= utilizing student;s cultures as vehicle for learning
Ladson-Billings talks about acting white, only 50% of African Americans in
entry level continue to perform high levels in high school
the issue: t these kids are usually socially isolated and the students
don’t want to associate with black students bc the teachers might
attribute negative stigma to those students for interacting with them
academic performance = being negatively affected
how teachers take advantage of students culture in learning:
i.e. Patricia she realizes her students are interested in rap music and
allowed students to bring rap music into class and perform songs and
discuss structure of poetry
also some teachers allowed parents in the classroom, for important role
models, they had workshops - i.e. one parent teaching students how to
cook, carpentry, nurses - taking advantage of these peoples and skills and
presenting them as positive role models for students
sometimes teachers allowed students to use their home language in class,
could be a strategy to engage student’s interest in learning
Video: kids ha dot write a self portrait: what they like, dislike, who they want to become
- in this case solomon took different pictures for the products not writing.. the video
shows how the teacher us reacting the situation
- teacher says thats a good idea, tells him “I’m counting on you”
- “do that with all the photos and you’re set”
- after he prints his photos - “excellent” and puts his photos on the wall and says
how good they are, “when a student does good work the whole class needs to see”
-> encouraging cultural competence: he allowed students to bring their own self portraits
into class in the form he wanted - he realized Soleymane has interest in photography
when he saw he took pictures of the family he didn’t say this wasn’t allowed, he allowed
him to us the pics and the student earned how to write captions and made it more
-> should teachers promote cultural competence? yes to provide more meaning and
connection for the students - good way to connect personal experiences to what is
being learned, making it more personal will help them absorb and use the knowledge in
personal life, not just to memorize the expectations of the institutes
3. Critical Consciousness
= adopting cultural relevant pedagogy am at developing students’ critical consciousness
through which they can challenge the status quo
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