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Responsive Pedagogy

Responsive Pedagogy is grounded in skill at teaching in cross-cultural or multicultural settings by fostering cultural competence and exchange. Zaretta Hammond explains that responsive pedagogy uses "[a]n educator’s ability to recognize students’ cultural displays of learning and meaning making and respond positively and constructively with teaching moves that use cultural knowledge as a scaffold to connect what the student knows to new concepts and content in order to promote effective information processing."

Key Elements of Responsive Pedagogy

  • Diversifying instruction and accommodating discussion-centered learning.
  • Encouraging each student to relate course content to their cultural context.​
  • Using formative assessments to offer low-stakes learning opportunities.

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