Exploring the development and practices of culturally responsive teachers : observations of and teachers voices in K-8 public education
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In response to increased diversity in the United States, educational system teachers must be equipped with the skills to teach diverse learners. Multicultural education has been proposed as a framework in which to prepare the educational system and teachers for diversity. A critical component of multicultural education is culturally responsive teaching. "Culturally responsive teaching is defined as using the cultural knowledge, prior experience, frames of reference, and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant and effective for them" (Gay, ...