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Online Submission, Journal of Modern Education Review v1 n1 p1-9 Oct 2011

As a result of continuous global immigration to the United States, several microcultures coexist within the country. Today's classroom should provide an interface where individuals from different cultural backgrounds have the potential for sharing a rich place of learning--a place where the teacher embraces and celebrates individual differences, fosters the development of positive self-concepts, provides meaningful and relevant learning experiences, and insists on high expectations for everyone. Facilitating this kind of learning environment is the result of practicing culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP). A culturally responsive teacher acts on knowledge about cultural differences, and implements, as habit, pedagogical skills that foster a meaningful and relevant education for all of her/his learners. The call for cultural responsiveness extends to all dimensions of the school experience, including physical education. Physical education presents unique needs and opportunities to practice cultural responsiveness. Presented here are principles of culturally responsive teaching, applied through the lens of physical education.

Descriptors: Physical Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Differences, Educational Experience, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Student Diversity, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Performance Factors

Author: Young, Shawna; Sternod, Brandon M.


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