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Strengthening cultural awareness in the classroom: A case in point

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This paper describes how racial tensions escalated in a classroom discussion on community building. Sensing that cultural differences and values were underpinning the students' negative discourse the facilitator became aware that what was occurring had the potential to turn into something far worse. Rather than stop the session and re-direct the students to work on another topic the facilitator led and guided the debate towards a positive outcome which promoted cultural awareness. The experience is used as a case in point to discuss how cultural awareness can be strengthened in the classroom.

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http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2004/henderson.html

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