The Office of Faculty Development

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching practices are what comprise a pedagogy that can be described as “an approach to teaching that considers the unique cultural backgrounds of [students]” (Emdin 2011).  Culturally responsive teaching practices center the notion that our students come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and therefore possess a variety of cultural capital from which they draw to support their learning.  

For example, a student’s social capital may include collaboration or leadership skills that support their learning.  As another example, a student’s linguistic capital may support their learning in a setting where they are provided opportunities to make connections between the language(s) they know and the new content being learned.

Culturally responsive teaching requires knowledge of our students and both the cultural capital that they possess and that which they do not such that we may design learning experiences that build on their assets and support their needs.

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Teaching the Hidden Curriculum(opens in new window) (Boston University)

Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies: Importance, Benefits & Tips (opens in new window)(American University)

Four Misconceptions about Culturally Responsive Teaching(opens in new window) (The Cult of Pedagogy)

Culturally Responsive Teaching Online(opens in new window) (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Culturally Responsive Teaching(opens in new window) (Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support)

Zaretta Hammon: Culturally Responsive Teaching(opens in new window) (San Francisco Public Library)

What is the Hidden Curriculum?(opens in new window) (Video)

5 Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies(opens in new window) (Northeastern University)

Gorski, P. (2013). Reaching and teaching students in poverty: strategies for erasing the opportunity gap. Meriam Library(opens in new window)

The Hidden Curriculum(opens in new window) (Inside Higher Ed)