Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ashley E. Maynard
    Pages 1-7
  3. Cultural Practices and Ways of Learning in Informal Settings

    1. Mary Gauvain
      Pages 11-40
    2. Thomas S. Weisner, Catherine Matheson, Jennifer Coots, Lucinda P. Bernheimer
      Pages 41-73
    3. Ashley E. Maynard, Patricia M. Greenfield
      Pages 75-103
  4. Cultural Approaches to Supporting Early Learning in Preschoolers

    1. Shawn Malia Kana‘iaupuni, Iwalani Else
      Pages 109-131
    2. Barbara D. DeBaryshe, Dana M. Gorecki
      Pages 175-198
  5. Approaches to Supporting Learning in Middle- and High-School Settings

    1. Laurie Schick
      Pages 201-226
    2. Lois A. Yamauchi, Tasha R. Wyatt, Jacquelin H. Carroll
      Pages 227-245
    3. Nina K. Buchanan
      Pages 247-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


What events take place at the intersection of cultural identity, education, and experience? How can they be measured, replicated? How can teachers use such personal phenomena to enhance student performance?

Extensively researched, Learning in Cultural Context explores vital links between informal education and academic progress through a variety of ethnic lenses. This timely volume focuses on three interrelated areas: cultural and learning practices at home, culture-based teaching strategies in preschool education, and more nuanced methods used with middle and high school students, among them:

     •A home/school model for bolstering reading and math readiness in at-risk children
     •In-depth studies linking ethnic awareness and academic skills in native Hawaiian 
     •Comparative views of teaching and learning from Mexico and Costa Rica
     •Demonstrations of effective teaching in a multicultural high school program
     •Language socialization and moral training in an ethnically diverse dancing class.

The range of students represented across cultures and age groups affirms the relevance of such methods across the curriculum. And by following learning processes, measurable results, and student self-esteem at the preschool, primary, and adolescent levels, readers gain both developmental and cultural perspectives regarding identity and learning.

The book's 18 contributors offer practical ideas to benefit teachers working with new populations and provide new insights where pupils' cultural practices have traditionally been encouraged. Learning in Cultural Context is significant reading for psychologists and educators in our increasingly inclusive society.


Peers Training attention culture development

Authors and affiliations

  • Ashley E. Maynard
    • 1
  • Mary I. Martini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Hawai`iHonolulu

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-48683-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-27550-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
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