Volume:6, Issue: 2

Sep. 1, 2014

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Cultural Differences at the University Level: How are Teaching and Learning Affected?
Pierson, Melinda R. [about]
Due to the diversity in Southern California, it is typical that university professors and their students come from different cultures. Each will bring their own perceptions and beliefs that may affect the way they will interact with one another within the university classroom. These cultural differences may affect the teaching and learning that is expected of both the professor and the student. It is vital that professors reflect on their own beliefs and recognize the way that these beliefs may interfere with different teaching styles. Likewise, students must learn to adapt to new cultures. Professors should begin to build connections with the students and learn more about their diverse cultures. A student’s background may affect their way of learning depending on the way that specific cultures view education, communication, and organization. Professors should inspire their students and make a great impact on their lives. Yet, at one university in Southern California, this can be difficult based on the extreme diversity of the student population. In this university with more than 38,000 students, there are students from 81 nations. Besides these international students, the ethnic distribution of the student body is approximately 21% Asian/Pacific Islander, 35% Hispanic, 2% Black, 27% White, and the remaining define themselves as being of multiple races. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (May 2014) ranks this university as number one in California and tenth in the nation among top colleges and universities awarding degrees to Hispanics based on 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education. Thus, taking a close look at how culture and learning interact at the university level is imperative for student success.

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