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What is Cultural Competency

Handbook of Research on Global Issues in Next-Generation Teacher Education
Ability to teach someone racially, culturally, etc. different from you.
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Preparing Teacher Candidates for Diverse School Environments
Omobolade Delano-Oriaran (St. Norbert College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9948-9.ch017
This chapter shares an Authentic and Culturally Engaging (ACE) Service-Learning framework as a pedagogical approach in equipping teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be successful in-service teachers in diverse PK-12 school environments. As PK-12 schools become more racially and culturally diverse, there is a need to better prepare teacher candidates for diverse school environments, especially given that many teachers have asserted that they do not know how to teach diverse students. The chapter highlights components of the ACE framework and suggests practical strategies that teacher educators can use in integrating this framework into their courses. The end of the chapter focuses on teacher educators and how they can engage in a relearning process to unpack their previous knowledge regarding social justice and multicultural education in an effort to prepare their teacher candidates for diverse schools followed by a suggested checklist applicable to any teacher preparation course.
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Exploring Cultural Competence Topics in Family Science Classrooms
Being sensitive to and equipped to understand and communicate about the various forms of histories, cultures, and societies in our multi-cultural world.
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The 5M Approach: Layers of Reflection
The ability of an individual to have an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures as well as subcultures within their own.
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Becoming a Culturally Competent Educational Leader
The desire and ability to interact with others in a manner that values cultural differences and works to capitalize on the differences for positive outcomes.
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Developing LGBTQ Competence in Faculty: The Case of a Faculty Development Series
The awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with individuals who are culturally different from (or similar to) oneself.
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Hispanic/Latino Immigrant Women's Social Stressors: Silenced Voices
Understanding and accepting different cultural values, attitudes, and behaviors.
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Faculty Memoirs: Study Abroad Business Program in China
A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together in a system; enabling that system to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. That is, being conscious of the dynamics inherent when cultures interact by valuing diversity.
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Re-Complicating Intersectionality Considering Differences in Language and Personality Type When Considering Strategies for African American Women's Career Development
Is the ability of an individual to effectively interact with people of different cultures in a meaningful, knowledgeable, respectful and positive manner. It is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures.
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Developing Cultural Competency Through a Multicultural Lens
Cultural competency is a vital facet of institutional development, which provides several benefits such as descriptive (realistic application), normative (cultural competency as appropriate), instrumental (cultural competency is linked to strategic management and planning), and measured as components of analysis ( Lawrence, & Weber, 2020 ).
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Adopting Effective Leadership Strategies for Managing Diversity
Competence in cultural diversity is a skill in today's interconnected world and refers to communicating and interacting effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds.
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Deficit Thinking and Additional Language Learners in Exceptional Education: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Language Development and Acculturation
Acceptance and respect for differences, continuing self-assessment, careful attention to dynamics of differences, continuous expansion of cultural knowledge and resources. Adaptations to belief systems, policies, and practices.
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Cultivating Cultural Competence and Meaningful Bonds in the Virtual Classroom Using a Narrative Approach
It refers to the ability of individuals to be aware of their own cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors and respond to individuals of other cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors with sensitivity and respect.
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Work Stress, Culture, and Leadership: Building a Culture of Health through Mindfulness into Action
Set of academic knowledge that allows individuals to increase their understanding of salient aspects of new and unfamiliar cultures, and thus effectively operate in different cultural contexts.
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Analytics: Unpacking AIDS Policy in the Black Community
The ability of an organization, group, or individual to work crossculturally in an effort to administer health care services and treatment; this is critical to the patient-physician relationship along with access to appropriate care and quality outcomes.
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Retention of Rural Latina College Students, Engaging Strategic Leadership: A Chicana Feminist Theory Perspective on Retention
Demonstrated by incorporating, at all levels, the organization of the following: the importance of culture; the assessment of cross-cultural relations; including vigilance towards the dynamics that result from cultural differences; the expansion of cultural knowledge, and the adaptation of services to meet culturally specific needs ( Cross, Bazron, Dennis & Isaacs 1989 ).
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Promoting Social and Academic Wellness Among African American Adolescent Males: Culturally Responsive Approaches
The ability for an individual to have consistent behaviors and attitudes that are congruent with the cross-cultural systemic structure of the institution in which one is navigating.
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How Aware Are We as Rehab Physicians?: Importance of Knowing the “Self” for Enhancing Physician Competency in Multicultural Healthcare
It is the ability to understand and work efficiently with people from diverse cultures by interacting effectively and being proficient in intercultural and intra cultural knowledge.
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Racial Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Strategies for Educational Professionals
The ability to recognize, value, and affirm the worth of people of all cultures, languages, races, and classes.
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