Importance Of Cultural Influences On Education

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Australia is made up of a large range of cultures and seen as a linguistically diverse population. The variety of cultures within the Australia society means it consists of a plethora of views, values and beliefs. This has a huge impact towards our educational system. The importance of the role culture plays, within the framing of education, is becoming increasingly recognised. To become aware of the influences culture has towards education is necessary in order to provide everyone with an equal opportunity for success. This essay will reflect on the cultural influences on education. The challenges children and families, from culturally diverse backgrounds may endure. It will discuss the approaches towards education and diversity, as well as …show more content…
This is a challenge in itself. When people are unwilling to engage in information to make fair judgements towards a person or group of people, it often results in negative stereotyping (Department of Education and Training, 2009, p. 23). These negative views towards ethnic and cultural groups need to be address. Encouraging non stereotypical views should be done from a young age. Stereotypical comments can be used as an opportunity to challenge these assumptions made towards others. Addressing these comments early can help eliminate the bouts of racism and discrimination experienced within our …show more content…
It teaches them to value and provide an understanding and acknowledgement of the differences within everyone. Children learn things at a very early stage of life. It is around the ages of two or three that a child will start to become aware of the physical differences between people, as mentioned in Higgins & Venture (Kupetz, 2012). This is why it is essential to create awareness at a young age. It is imperative that we do not avoid multi-cultural education but teach students about differences, this will allow us to break apart stereotypes. The video on cultural competency (National Quality Standard: Professional learning program, 2012) discusses the importance of interacting with families. It is necessary within the EYLF, as it ensure the feeling of a sense of belonging. The video also talks about the importance of educators being careful with their words and not to be judgemental. In order to challenge bias assumptions it is imperative to seek clarification. A lack of understanding towards culture can reflect in the misinterpretation of a student’s behaviour. When beliefs and values towards education are not understood through an individual’s culture, a student can therefore be perceived the wrong way. As a result leads to children finding it difficult to find their place within the learning

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