The Impact of Culture on Education

Author: M.S. Rosenberg, D.L. Westling, J. McLeskey

Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall

Cultural tendencies impact the way children participate in education. The table below describes different expectations about “normal” school behavior for students from individualist and collectivist cultures. As you review this information, take a moment to think about how teachers who lack knowledge about culture might interpret the behavior of a child from a collectivist culture. These differences may cause educators to inaccurately judge students from some cultures as poorly behaved or disrespectful. In addition, because cultural differences are hard to perceive, students may find themselves reprimanded by teachers but fail to understand what they did that caused concern.

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