Diversity in the Classroom

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Culture evolves over time in response to adaptive challenges. One result of this evolutionary process is beliefs and practices that help us adapt to persistent as well as changing circumstances. These beliefs and practices are organized as models or schema about how things work, what is ideal, and which practices are proper and help individuals or groups survive and prosper. Cultural models are so familiar that their functions and effects are often unseen, invisible, unnoticed. The evidence of their workings are often most apparent in everyday routines in communities, homes, work places, play yards, and schools (McIntyre, 2000). What activities are carried out, why they are valued, who should participate, and the rules of interaction are coded into our cultural models. All aspects of education should value the diversity of our students. Through this research I was able to explore the meaning of diversity in the classroom, how important it is to have an awareness of its effects on learner and educators alike, and how as teachers and leaders it is crucial for us to tap into the diversity in out classrooms for the success of the learning process.

First of all, what exactly is meant by diversity? It is important to understand the interpretations and meanings of the term and, like every concept, the understanding of it is closely linked to the context that is found. According to the article Multicultural Education from the Journal of Physical Education, diversity is defined as: the fact or quality of being diverse; differences; variety. As teachers, we need to deal with diversity in a way that encourages active responsiveness in the classroom. One of the primary goals of education is to show students different points of view and encourage them to evaluate their own beliefs. It is the job of a leader and educator to help students begin to appreciate the number of situations that can be understood only by comparing several interpretations, and help them appreciate...
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