Cultural Diversity: International Perspectives, Impacts on the Workplace and Educational Challenges


Meryl Snider (Editor)

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: SOC000000

To conceive the entrance of the individual to the culture, Bruner proposes the idea of an education susceptible to adapt a culture to the needs its members and to adapt its members and their manners to teach the needs the culture. According to him, “our actions are guided by values, standards which, far from being “natural”, are cultural and “symbolic constructions” (Bruner, in 1999). He conceives the human development as a process of collaboration between child and adult, the adult being envisaged as mediator of the culture.

This book discusses the international perspectives, as well as the impacts on the workplace and educational challenges of cultural diversity. Topics include naming and planning to overcome barriers to parent involvement in pre-service teachers’ online discussions; factors influencing students’ perceptions of training in cultural diversity competence; inclusion in higher education; how culturally diverse classrooms respond to instructional technologies; immigrants; moving toward a culture of diversity; culture diversity and identity; infotainment system features set adaptation to target cultures; and using teaching practices that motivate culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) nursing students to learn and succeed in their studies. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Naming and Planning to Overcome Barriers to Parent Involvement in Pre-Service Teachers‟ Online Discussions (pp. 1-48)
Laura L. Nathans, Jie Wang and Dana Booker (The Pennsylvania State University, Worthington, Scranton, USA, and others)

Chapter 2 – Factors Influencing Students‟ Perceptions of Training in Cultural Diversity Competence (pp. 49-68)
Margarita Echeverri (Educational Coordinator Health Disparities, Diversity & Cultural Competence, Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy, New Orleans, LA, USA)

Chapter 3 – Inclusion in Higher Education: A Case Study (pp. 69-80)
Christopher C. Butts, Kizzy M. Parks, Lavious Felix Daniels and Elizabeth Sanz (K. Parks Consulting, Inc., and others)

Chapter 4 – How Culturally Diverse Classrooms Respond to Instructional Technologies: A Bottom-Up Analysis (pp. 81-96)
Likwan Cheng (City Colleges of Chicago, USA)

Chapter 5 – Two Different Diaspora Communities and Their Experiences in the German Health Care System – A Qualitative Comparison Based on Focus Groups (pp. 97-128)
H. Gerlach, M. Yilmaz and H.-H. Abholz (Kurstrasse, Berlin, Germany)

Chapter 6 – Toward a Culture of Diversity (pp. 129-140)
M’Badi Miehakanda (Doctorate Cultures and Regional languages, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane / Université de Nancy, Nancy, France)

Chapter 7 – Culture Diversity and Identity: From Global to Local (pp. 141-158)
Cátia Rijo (Faculty of Architecture Lisbon, FAUL)

Chapter 8 – Infotainment System Features Set Adaptation to Target Cultures (pp. 159-186)
Cristina Olaverri-Monreal (Technische Universität München, Institute of Ergonomics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Garching, Germany / AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Business Unit Technology Experience, Innovation Systems Department, Vienna, Austria)

Chapter 9 – Using Teaching Practices that Motivate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Nursing Students to Learn and Succeed in Their Studies (pp. 187-200)
Saras Henderson (Griffith Health Institute, Population and Social Health Research Program, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, QLD, Australia)


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