Culturally Relevant Teaching Education Essay

1032 Words Mar 9th, 2016 null Page
Culturally relevant teaching is addressed in this module. The definition and practical application of culturally relevant teaching serve as the essential questions. In defining culturally relevant teaching, I begin with the work of Gloria Ladson-Billings. Ladson-Billings (1995) suggests that cultural relevant pedagogy consists of three elements: the “ability to develop students academically, willingness to nurture and support cultural competence, and the development of a sociopolitical or critical consciousness” (p. 483). By addressing pedagogical implications, Ladson-Billings is able to situate her argument for culturally relevant teaching in the domain of everyday classroom teaching practice. Moreover, her argument echoes arguments made by previous researchers, such as Cole & Knowles (2000), who argue against the division of theory and practice, whereby the creation of theory exists in isolation from the practice of teaching (p. 9). Therefore, I propose that the definition of culturally relevant teaching begins with a call for self-evaluation. Self-Evaluation, in turn, allows the classroom educator to explore their own culturally history, and current classroom cultural context, through which they might strive towards building the elements what Ladson-Billings (1995) defines as culturally relevant pedagogy. In Becoming Teachers of Inner City-Students, Jupp (2013) writes, “though some teachers know they are powerful, too few teachers act individually or collectively on…

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