How Do Different Cultures Learn?

My 20% Project By: Andrew Porter

Introduction

This semester, Edit 2000 has taught me that there are multiple ways to learn. I have personally taken it upon myself to dive deeper into learning by examining the relationship culture has on learning. For my 20% project, my essential question is: how do different cultures learn? The quest for answers during this project hasn't come easy. There isn't exactly a direct correlation between culture and ways that people learn; however, there are definitely some trends. Let's take a look!

Project Challenges

Direct quote from the following: Omidvar, P., & Tan, B. H. (2012). Cultural variations in learning and learning styles. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 13(4).


"the study by Guild (1994) explains that learning styles and culture connection are both important and controversial. It is important because obtaining this information helps learners to succeed in school and makes curriculum designers and instructors reexamine educators’ expectations, beliefs and values. However, it is controversial since “generalization about a group of people has often led to naive inferences about individuals within that group” (Guild, 1994, p.16). It means that although people who share a culture usually share the same learning styles, it is a mistake to consider that all members of the group have the tendency toward the same style. Moreover, finding the relationship between learning style and culture is controversial because of the sensitivity surrounding the achievement difference between minority and non-minority students. "
Cultures of learning - vital feature of international education

Conclusion

There are certain trends between different cultures and learning;however, there is no data that suggests a one size fits all mld for learning amongst ethnic groups. Certain styles of teaching styles are more beneficial to learning for some ethnic groups in comparison to others. These differences can only be explored through extensive data and must be collected with the understanding that responsiveness to teaching style is culturally subjective to the individual and not something that can be applied to collective ethnic groups