Multicultural Education: Intercultural Development


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Multicultural Education: Intercultural Development

  1. 1. Presentation By: Donnelle Bivens, Kirsten Bergin, Kellie Childers, Kelly Laccinole, Jamie Pursley, and Ashton WalkerELED 4292 Multicultural Education: Instructing Urban Learners UNC Charlotte
  2. 2. Developmental Models of Ethnic & Racial Identity Ethnic Identity:  Social meaning of belonging to a particular ethnic group Racial Identity:  Race is socially defined on a basis of physical criteria.  Ethnic Group is socially defined on a basis of cultural criteria.
  3. 3. 5-Stage Model of Racial Consciousness (Cross, 1991 & Spring, 2004) Pre-Encounter:Negative stereotypes become part of a person’s identity. (Self- Fulfilling Prophecy) Encounter: Questioning the negative stereotypes from the previous stage.  Racial Profiling: constructing a set of behaviors based on race, and using that to determine guilt.
  4. 4. 5-Stage Model of Racial Consciousness (Cross, 1991 & Spring, 2004) Immersion-Emersion:discard ethnic self-hatred, and take on new identity Immersion:complete immersion in a person’s ethnic culture  Causes people to see importance of contributions to greater society. (Ex. Influence of Italian art on Western art) Internalization:people become “fully multicultural” and adopt view of culture that is accepting and critical. *There is also another model by Banks (1988) that focuses on more of a global society.
  5. 5. Intercultural Competence Interculturally competent people have three things in common:  They are able to manage the psychological stress that accompanies most intercultural Interactions  They are able to communicate effectively across cultures-verbally and nonverbally  They are able to develop and maintain new and essential interpersonal relationships
  6. 6. Intercultural Competence Interculturally competent individuals are able to: • solve problems and take appropriate risks • shift their frame of reference as required • recognize and respond appropriately to cultural differences • listen empathically • perceive others truthfully • maintain nonjudgmental approach to communication • gather appropriate information about another culture
  7. 7. Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural SensitivityModel provides a framework for understanding individualdevelopment and awareness along a continuum from highlyethnocentric to highly ethnorelative
  8. 8. Ethnocentric Stages of the DMIS Denial  inability to see cultural differences  reflective of individuals who isolate or separate themselves in homogenous groups  “stupid questions syndrome” have ideas about stereotypic knowledge  Children are socialized to believe that their view is the view of the world, instead of learning that their view is only one view of the world
  9. 9. Ethnocentric Stages of the DMIS Defense  Recognition of cultural difference coupled with negative evaluations of those whose culture is different from one’s own  When forced into contact with others, individuals become defensive  Prefer to separate themselves from others because they don’t have categories for dealing with difference
  10. 10. Ethnocentric Stages of the DMIS Minimization  Discovery of commonality  Begin to recognize and accept superficial cultural differences (eating customs) but continue to believe that all humans are essentially the same  Believe that physical traits do not matter as long as they treat everyone the same  Believe all people have the same needs because they ignore influence of culture
  11. 11. Ethnorelative Stages of DMIS Acceptance  Ability to recognize and appreciate cultural differences in terms of values and behaviors  Categories of difference are consciously expanded and elaborated, with an understanding that others are “not good or bad, just different”  Begin to seek out cultural difference  May respect and value cultural differences but not necessarily agree with all they see
  12. 12. Ethnorelative Stages of DMIS Adaptation  More flexible and competent in their ability to communicate across cultures  Driven by a need for action and cognitive empathy  2 forms of adaption exist  Cultural  Behavioral  Conscious intention with flexible and permeable category boundaries
  13. 13. Ethnorelative Stages of DMIS Integration  Internalization of bicultural or multicultural frames of reference  Can identify and move freely within more than one cultural group  Able to facilitate constructive cultural contact between cultures and tend to become cultural mediators  Rare and difficult level to achieve
  14. 14. Identifying Ethnic Identity  Racial Identity  You identify yourself as  Physical belonging to a social characteristics identify group with whom you you as belonging to a have cultural specific group, such commonalities as:  Customs  Skin color  Shared language  Facial features
  15. 15. Growing Ourselves People can grow from being ethnocentric to becoming ethnorelative and open minded. Through these steps and recognizing one’s state of mind, we can become the culture that we as teachers wish to foster: an understanding and welcoming community in which cultural differences are seen merely as spectrums of the same rainbow.
  16. 16. Summary “Intercultural development is how they develop their ability to understand and interact more effectively with people different from themselves. The developmental model of intercultural sensitivity (DMIS) was introduced as one means to understand how people can grow from being ethnocentric to becoming more ethnorelative in their orientation.” Most students and teachers will go through the DMIS model and it is important that one is given the support to understand what to do in certain situations.
  17. 17. References: Cushner, K., McClelland, A., & Safford, P. (2012). Human diversity in education: An intercultural approach. (Seventh ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.