Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Theory, Research & Strategies

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  • 0:01 Culture & Learning
  • 1:08 Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • 2:40 Characteristics
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

A person's culture can impact their approach to education and the way they learn. In this lesson, we'll examine culturally responsive teaching, a teaching method that takes into account students' cultures to help them succeed.

Culture & Learning

Jeanie is struggling. She's a new teacher, and she really wants all of her students to succeed. But she's not sure how to reach all of them. Take one of her students, Jonathan, who is from a different culture than Jeanie. He views the world differently and doesn't always approach thinking and problem solving the way Jeanie was taught.

Jeanie sometimes feels like a failure because she doesn't know how to get Jonathan motivated. It seems like he's very rarely motivated to learn, and that means that he often doesn't learn. She knows as a teacher that she should be doing more to motivate him, but he's so different from her that she doesn't know what to do!

Culture, or the ethnic or social group one is from, can have an impact on learning. For example, some studies have shown that African American students and European American students approach questions from the teacher differently. Because their respective cultures view questioning slightly differently, the students respond differently in the classroom.

Let's look closer at one way to approach the intersection of culture and learning: culturally responsive teaching, or CRT.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Jeanie's not sure how to motivate Jonathan to be more engaged in class. Not only that - he thinks and reasons differently than she does. But does that mean that he's wrong? Should she try to make him think more like she does?

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