A Teacher's Perspective: What Is Culture?

by: Ana Vaisenstein, Sumner School, Boston Public Schools

In her chapter, “What Is Culture?,” page 89, Norma González explains how the concept of culture has evolved historically and how it has affected education over time. As anthropologists continue to define culture in more dynamic ways, educators are encouraged to look beyond the rigid categories typically used to classify students—especially students from poor families and who speak a first language other than English—and see students as participants in many “cultural” communities. Ana Vaisenstein, a former first-grade teacher in a two-way bilingual school, shares her perspective.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2008Stock # PB218X_12

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