Day 18: What is Culturally Responsive Education

Hattori, M.T.P. (2015). Culturally responsive education: What is culturally responsive education? Unpublished article, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.

What is Sacred:

This article, written by my friend and fellow Mana Wahine, Dr. Mary Hattori, gives a great mini lit review of what culturally responsive education is and who are the researchers that talk about it. I wish this were published so I could store it online, but I guess I will just need to scan it in. 

Here are some quotable quotes:
using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of diverse students to make learning more appropriate and effective for them; it teaches to and through the strengths of these students. (Gay, G., 2010)

Indigenous Learning Theory is about cultivating cognition and consciousness via spiritual awareness and reflection on lived experience. They direct us toward realizing that human awareness is a part of life's web. They connect us to smaller and larger elements in the universe (Four Arrows, 2013, p. 65).
Connections to Present/Future Work:

This article helps me to be very clear about why I set up my classroom in the way that I do (Anzaldua's Borderlands, Bhaba's Third Space and what I am calling Kuahuokalā). It is not the same for the work I do with the university faculty and staff, but definitely for my students, not all of whom are Hawaiian, nor are they teaching in Hawaiian focused charter schools, however, the road to cultural humility starts with an understanding of culturally responsive education and one's immersion in that type of sanctuary or space.


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