Culturally Relevant Teaching: Lessons from Elementary Classrooms

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Published in: Action in Teacher Education, Vol 33, No. 4, 2011.


How do teachers operationalize culturally relevant pedagogies (CRP)? Although preservice teachers often learn about multicultural education in college courses and discuss diversity in university settings, putting these understandings into practice is often more challenging. The translation piece, at times, is missing. This study of successful White teachers of children of color looks at ways in which they concretely apply culturally relevant practices in their classrooms. The study provides insights into how teachers can move away from superficial efforts to include diversity in their classrooms and towards more critically-conscious pedagogies.