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Unterrichtsgestaltung aus interkultureller Perspektive

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Ringeisen, Tobias; Buchwald, Petra; Schwarzer, Christine

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Abstract Multicultural school settings have become a common part of the educational landscape in many countries world-wide. Confrontation with such cultural diversity represents a challenge for teachers and students alike which may lead to impaired communication and interaction problems in the school context. To provide an overview of cultural antecedents and consequences in the classroom, the current paper reviews research with regard to (inter-) cultural patterns in teaching, instruction, and class interaction. To disentangle the differential influence of cultural factors, the first section provides a definition for the terms "culture" and "intercultural competence". In the following, Hofstede's (1980, 1986, 2006) four-dimensional model of culture is introduced. Based on this model, the ways are investigated by which culture affects cognition, emotion and behaviour of teachers and students in different cultural environments. Subsequently, related problems in communication and interaction in intercultural learning environments are discussed. Extrapolating from the presented research findings, the final section highlights implications for the occurrence of associated stressors and strains, thereby providing recommendations for classroom arrangements and teacher qualification.
Keywords school; learning environment; cultural diversity; cultural factors; teacher; pupil; intercultural communication; qualification; multicultural society
Classification Sociology of Education; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Curriculum, Teaching, Didactics
Document language German
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 27-48
Journal interculture journal: Online-Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Studien, 6 (2007) 4
ISSN 2196-9485
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution