Culturally Relevant Instruction: High Expectations in Multicultural Education
This paper explores the concept of culturally relevant instruction based mainly on the research and study of Gloria Ladson-Billings, Lisa Delpit, and Sonia Nieto. It explores the problems of the achievement gap and skewed teacher attitudes towards minority students in American schools. The paper makes an argument for using culturally relevant instruction. The main researchers vary somewhat in their definitions and use of the term “culturally relevant”, but all believe that when teachers have high expectations for students and bring in their outside experiences-especially language, the students will achieve more. Teachers must tailor their instruction so that students have access to the culture of power and are able to overcome low expectations that many in society have for them.