Cultural influences on learning

Carol D. Lee*

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Cognitive orientations have traditionally focused on individuals as agents of learning, but now increasingly acknowledge the fundamentally social nature of learning; that is, humans learn in social settings, in interactions with other people, and with cultural artifacts that embody the ideas and beliefs of other humans (Perkins, 1993; Saxe, 1999). This chapter focuses on culture as represented by ethnicity, race, and nationality. It also acknowledges cultural practices based on gender, age cohort, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Thus, the discussion addresses the cultural implications of these core, agreed-upon propositions about learning in terms of ethnicity, race, and nationality, primarily within the U.S. context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781135897284
ISBN (Print)9780415962308
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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