Turning good intentions into good teaching: Five common principles for culturally responsive pedagogy

Meseret Hailu, Janiece Mackey, Joy Pan, Bridget Arend

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Higher education classrooms are increasingly diverse in regards to student culture,including race, gender, nationality, and intersecting identities. Yet faculty membersoftentimes do not have adequate training in teaching, cultural competence, or interculturalcommunication. Building upon the principles of Intercultural CommunicationCompetence (ICC), the authors in this chapter explore different bodies of literaturein order to pull together common principles for promoting culturally responsivepedagogy in U.S. higher education. The purpose of this chapter is to focus on teachingpractices that go beyond inclusive intentions, and instead focus on pedagogythat is truly responsive to diverse groups of students, especially in terms of themost prominent cultural aspects, such as race, gender, and nationality. Specifically,five principles are described and detailed: 1) Instructor awareness of epistemology,2) Recognition of diverse knowledge systems, 3) Inquiry based instruction, 4)Incorporation of student choice, and 5) Expanded use of formative feedback.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPromoting Intercultural Communication Competencies in Higher Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781522517344
ISBN (Print)1522517324, 9781522517320
StatePublished - Nov 17 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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