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Learning in Cultural Context

Family, Peers, and School

Maynard, Ashley E., Martini, Mary I. (Eds.)

2005, VIII, 280 p.

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  • About this book

What events take place at the intersection of cultural identity, education, and experience? How can they be measured, replicated? How can teachers use such personal phenomena to enhance student performance?

Extensively researched, Learning in Cultural Context explores vital links between informal education and academic progress through a variety of ethnic lenses. This timely volume focuses on three interrelated areas: cultural and learning practices at home, culture-based teaching strategies in preschool education, and more nuanced methods used with middle and high school students, among them:

     •A home/school model for bolstering reading and math readiness in at-risk children
     •In-depth studies linking ethnic awareness and academic skills in native Hawaiian 
     •Comparative views of teaching and learning from Mexico and Costa Rica
     •Demonstrations of effective teaching in a multicultural high school program
     •Language socialization and moral training in an ethnically diverse dancing class.

The range of students represented across cultures and age groups affirms the relevance of such methods across the curriculum. And by following learning processes, measurable results, and student self-esteem at the preschool, primary, and adolescent levels, readers gain both developmental and cultural perspectives regarding identity and learning.

The book's 18 contributors offer practical ideas to benefit teachers working with new populations and provide new insights where pupils' cultural practices have traditionally been encouraged. Learning in Cultural Context is significant reading for psychologists and educators in our increasingly inclusive society.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Peers - Training - attention - culture - development

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Psychology

Table of contents 

Introduction: Cultural Learning in Context Ashley E. Maynard Section I: Cultural Practices and Ways of Learning in Informal Settings Chapter 1: Sociocultural Contexts of Learning Mary Gauvain Chapter 2: Sustainability of Daily Routines as a Family Outcome Thomas S. Weisner, Catherine Matheson, Jennifer Coots, and Lucinda Bernheimer Chapter 3: An Ethnomodel of Teaching and Learning: Apprenticeship of Zinacantec Maya Women's Tasks Ashley E. Maynard and Patricia M. Greenfield Section II: Cultural Approaches to Supporting Early Learning in Preschoolers Chapter 4: Ola Ka Inoa (The Name Lives): Culture at Home and Early Education Outcomes of Hawaiian Children Shawn Kana`iaupuni and Iwalani Else Chapter 5: Cultural transmission of social knowledge in preschool: A Costa Rican perspective Helen Davis Chapter 6: Features of Teaching Associated with Significant Gains in Language Test Scores by Hawaiian Preschool Children Mary Martini Chapter 7: Learning Connections: A home-school partnership to enhance emergent literacy and emergent math skills in at-risk preschoolers Barbara DeBaryshe and Dana Gorecki Section III: Approaches to Supporting Learning in Middle- and High-School Settings Chapter 8: 'You Cannot Cheat the Footwork': Moral Training in Adolescent Dance Classes Laurie Schick Chapter 9: Enacting the Five Standards of Effective Pedagogy in a Culturally Relevant High School Program Lois Yamauchi, Tasha Wyatt-Beck, and Jacquelin H. Carroll Chapter 10: Aligning Practice to Theory: Attitudes of Students in Re-cultured and Comprehensive High Schools Nina Buchanan

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