Comprehension, Culture, and the Classroom

From: Volume V, Issue 1: Fall 1984 Pages 22-30


Real learning can only take place when the student comprehends or understands the subject under review. As difficult as this can be when both the teacher and the students are of the same cultural milieu, the degree of difficulty takes a quantum leap in a cross-cultural situation. Too often the west further exasperate the process by imposing its own educational system upon third world countries without thinking through the cultural implications. This article examines some of the factors a western teacher would first need to comprehend before classroom comprehension in another culture could be expected.



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