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Culture-Based Education for African American Learners

The educational practices that constitute culture-based education use a community’s spiritual, cultural, and social mores; global perspectives; and language while promoting awareness of the community’s ancestral and contemporary accomplishments. A community’s individual cultural values and experiences prescribe the distinction of culture-based education in each culture.

Purpose

As an instructional strategy, culture-based education includes the use of variables that facilitate the assimilation of new information. As a class environmental strategy, it incorporates variables used to structure an optimum learning environment. Culture-based education inhibits cultural mismatch, which occurs when cultural differences between the home and school make it difficult for a child to learn and appropriately adjust to classroom and school practices. The basic premise in culture-based education is that those who share a culture ...

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