Educ 1100 Human Diversity & PEA 299 Intercultural
Understanding and Competence: Spring 2004 - Vaxjo University: Kajsa Higgins
& Helen Mongan-Rallis
Reflection Paper #2: School Visit -
Examining Multicultural Aspects of School
In responding to all of these questions, it is essential that
you refer to and integrate concepts from the class readings (readings
assigned both by Kajsa and Helen), from classroom discussions, from school
visits, from observations in your travels, and by constantly reflecting on
journey in understanding human diversity. See the grading
rubric for details on our expectations.
- Explore the school building. Notice (and take photos if you can) features
of the building, the signs, the pictures, the displays, student work etc.
What kinds of diversity do you see represented in what you observe of physical/visual
signs? What kinds of diversity are missing/not visible in the physical/visual
- To what extent do you see examples of the different dimensions of
multicultural education described by Banks (as discussed in class, namely:
content integration, knowledge construction, prejudice reduction, equity
pedagogy and empowering school culture).
- Observe the way people interact, how they treat each other, what they say:
What are some similarities that you see in the ways the teachers interact
in the school
you are observing and the schools that you attended as a child? What are
some differences? Example: how students address teachers; the responsibilities
given to students by teachers; what respect means in the culture of this
school. What are similarities and differences in the ways students interact
with each other?
- What visible diversity do you see amongst the student population? And amongst
the teachers? Consider as many different ways are describing diversity as
possible. What similarities do you see?
- What do you think some of the cultural norms, expectations, and values
are in this school, based on your observations of the physical environment
of the behavior of people (teachers, students, and others) in it? Do you
think these norms, expectations. and values are the same for all in the school,
or do you see differences among different groups or individuals in the school?
(Explain your reasoning)