Cultural Sensitivity

What is it? Why is it important?

Culture

“Culture consists of common behaviors, traditions and beliefs demonstrated, followed and valued by a societal groups”

(Schmidt, 2008, p.28)

Cultural Identity

Cultural identity includes an individuals gender, ethnicity, race, social class, geography, age, religion and language

(Amatea, 2009).

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Characteristics of Cultural Sensitivity


  1. —Appreciating/honoring diverse family cultures.
  2. —Reaching out to people with different cultural identity.
  3. —Learning about assumptions and biases held toward various people groups.
  4. —Awareness of how different families rear children and interact in the community.
  5. —Utilizing the unique cultural differences to promote diversity in education.
  6. —Incorporating activities in the school that create a welcoming environment for diverse students and families.

Importance of Cultural Sensitivity

  • —Essential for positive communication between school personnel and families
  • —Supports the increase of parent involvement in the schools
  • —Cultural sensitivity of teachers and school personnel influences the academic achievement of students

Cultural Sensitivity in Schools

BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES