The Importance Of Cultural Foundations Of Education
Developing and implementing a multicultural framework provides all students with a positive educational environment and promotes academic achievement. The use of a multicultural curriculum should include "cultural values, belief systems, and traditions that inform the production of such cultural forms" (Drader, 1997). Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to preserve and embrace their cultures. Education builds knowledge, therefore, students learn to accept other cultures/groups when they are able to understand other perspectives. Based on the readings and research completed for Cultural Foundations of Education, the following concepts have established a critical role in promoting a multicultural environment: praxis, funds of knowledge, and language transferability. Through this essay, each concept is examined by providing background knowledge, analyzing research and various approaches for applying these concepts to a multicultural framework are explored.
In the past and even in some educational settings today, banking education has been used for teaching students. This approach is where the teacher teaches, students listen and have to adapt to the curriculum. In this setting, students memorize and repeat information without understanding the meaning of the …show more content…
These are cultural resources teachers can use in the classroom to enhance learning by making connections to the curriculum. Moll (as cited in Johnson, 2004) performed an ethnographic analysis of Hispanic families in Tucson by gather data on demographic and interviewing family. He found many working-class Hispanic families had vast knowledge on agriculture, economics, religion, mechanics, electrical wiring and other themes. This information was shared across networks in the community however, educators were not aware thus these topics were not used in the curriculum (Johnson,