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Cultural Competence

Cultural competence in educational inquiry refers to a particular stance or sensibility regarding the cultural and sociodemographic diversity of most American (and many international) educational contexts. This stance is one of proactive awareness of and assumed respect for cultural and sociodemographic diversity. This entry first discusses why cultural competence is important in educational research and how it is reflected in each of the steps of doing research. It then discusses an international study on resilience in children and youth and the ways in which the study exemplified a stance of cultural competence.

A stance of cultural competence assumes that the cultural and sociodemographic characteristics of the students, teachers, and other educators being studied—and of the contexts they inhabit—matter to the quality and the equity of ...

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