Accommodating culture and cultural diversity in online teaching

it has been proven to be an effective form of pedagogy for students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

For instance, in Canada, research reflects the need to bridge the gap between traditional Aboriginal education and Western education systems by including spirituality in Aboriginal educational practices.

century, the familiar biomedical health care "culture" must accommodate not only persons from diverse cultures, but also diverse systems of care.

For perhaps the first time in over a century, biomedicine must accommodate others rather than require them to assimilate into its "culture." This fundamental shift requires nurses to move quickly to develop cultural competency as individuals and to provide leadership for this system-wide change. Available: Menu Categories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/Tableof Contents/Volume62001/No2May01/Nursing Care Key words: cultural competency, cultural diversity, health care outcomes, web site resources and diversity, print resources and diversity, culture and religious differences in health care, delivery of culturally competent nursing care, biomedicine and cultural diversity, complementary and alternative health care practices, nursing leadership in diversity Introduction Nurses currently work within health care systems that reflect biomedical philosophy and practices.

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As the comments in the previous section imply, accommodating to cultural diversity involves more than adding cultural content to the curriculum—more than celebrating Mexican holidays in an American social studies class, for example, and more than discussing the history of slavery of African-Americans.

These are useful actions, but they are only a starting point for truly education (Banks, 2009).

Some teachers and some entire schools do it every day, year in and year out, with outstanding results. Los Angeles: University of California, Center for Language Education and Research.

But the nation as a whole has not yet acted on that knowledge. This chapter describes a multitude of teaching strategies shown by research to be effective in educating diverse student learners.