VIII. Principles of Cross Cultural Ministry: Cross-Cultural Teaching
CROSS CULTURAL TEACHING
Various ethnic groups have dominant learning styles. A common division is "field dependent" and field "independent. The former style is group-oriented, with emphasis upon the student-teacher relationship, as well as visually oriented. Independent study and a cognitive orientation characterizes the latter style. Being aware of these styles, it is probably better to teach to it, rather than use the opposite style.
Additionally, gender-based thinking style research shows females to be right-brained, emphasizing global thinking and the visual, while left-brain dominant males are more linear, analytic and segmented in their thinking, typically.
To adequately relate specific teaching to another culture, the teacher may use the "Five Steps to Intercultural Teaching" process, available from the writer.
VIII. Principles of Cross Cultural Ministry: Cross Cultural Teaching
© Copyright Jim Sutherland, 1/2/1998; Used with permission.
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