Cultural Sensitivity

Date of Publication
July 7, 2021
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In this training course, you will learn about cultural sensitivity. We define and describe culture, how cultures differ, dual language learners, pathways to cultural sensitivity, strategies for communicating with families who do not share your language, and strategies to make your setting culturally competent.

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In this training course, you will learn about cultural sensitivity.

We begin by defining culture and describing the three elements of culture. Then, we describe how cultures may differ along the dimensions of context, individualism vs. collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, proxemics, kinesics, and paralanguage. We then briefly discuss the benefits and challenges of dual language learners.

Next, we outline nine pathways to cultural sensitivity and emphasize strategies for effective communication with families when caregivers do not share the same language. Finally, we offer strategies for making a child care setting culturally competent.

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