Accommodating cultural differences and commonalities

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The country has over 60 major ethnic groups, and despite the presence of many commonalities between them, each one has many unique systems of social structure, livelihoods cultural traditions and a sense of identity.

This diversity has at once presented both a unique opportunity for the country to enjoy the colorful richness of these traditions and a threat to national unity and a collective sense of national identity.

An in a nation ravaged by loose morals and HIV/AIDS it is a cultural buffer which holds back loose morality and promiscuity, thus giving women power over their bodies and thus self-respect and dignity.

Tswana Marriage Customs The Tswana (Setswana) speaking people of Botswana and South Africa have a marriage ceremony which begins with a delegation from the groom’s side approaching the bride’s side in an elaborate ceremony which takes place early in the morning.

Michal Kurlaender and John Yun (2002) conducted a survey-based research study on students at Harvard University, where only 31 percent of the student population is Caucasian and the remaining 69 percent is of various ethnic and national backgrounds.

Based on the student survey results, Kurlaender and Yun reported that students benefited from cultural diversity at the university because the students developed a greater sense of comfort around students of different races and ethnic groups and their different perspectives (Kurlaender & Yun, 2002, p. Research by Gutierrez (1992), Tharp and Gallimore (1988), Tharp and Yamauchi (1991), Phillips (1983), and Villegas (1991) (as cited in Chisholm, 1998) indicates that teaching students to value their language and culture leads to increased academic performance.

Many of these studies focus on one particular aspect of student differences, including cultural diversity.

In particular, research on cultural diversity in the classroom has indicated that this form of diversity enhances students’ awareness, promotes higher academic achievement, and broadens students’ perspective on different socio-cultural issues.

Noguera (1999) contends that “the arrival of new groups, especially racial minorities, often leads to racial conflict and the venting of various kinds of prejudice and intolerance. Teaching strategies for students with diverse learning needs.

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