Accommodating culture and cultural diversity in online teaching

If this relationship is true, could we then assume that students who share cultural characteristics have common learning style patterns?

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Myers (1990) asserts: “Type development starts at a very early age.

The hypothesis is that type is inborn, an innate predisposition like right- or left-handedness, but the successful development of type can be greatly helped or hindered by environment from the beginning” (p. Many researchers describe the importance of socialization within the family, immediate culture, and wider culture.

The learner, of any age, is a product of nature and nurture.

We each are born with predispositions for learning in certain ways.

Is equality of instruction synonymous with equity of educational opportunity for all?

Is the purpose of schooling to create a “melting pot” or “a salad bowl”?As you think about these questions for yourself and discuss them with people of various cultures, it's likely that the responses will be complex.Thus, it's no surprise that when we ask how culture affects learning, we broach a sensitive area.Such questions are controversial because information about a group of people often leads to naive inferences about individual members of that group.Additionally, in the search for explanations of the continued achievement difference between students of color and mainstream white students, there is an understandable sensitivity about causes and effects.Both results confirm the important roles of nature and nurture in shaping a person's approach to life—and to learning.

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