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Cultural Consciousness

Cultural consciousness can be defined as the process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result in expanding understandings of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about other individuals and contexts. Culture in this process can be understood as the set of shared attitudes, values, beliefs, behavioral standards, goals, and practices that characterize an institution, organization, or group. As noted by Geneva Gay, we may not be consciously aware of it, but our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors are determined by culture that in turn influences our teaching and learning practices.

Culture and race are influential factors in society and schools. As ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity increase in U.S. schools, there is a need to address this diversity in teaching, educational research, and ...

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