Culturally responsive approaches to challenging behaviour of minority ethnic students

Authored by: Janice Wearmouth , Mere Berryman , Ted Glynn

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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Different ways of conceptualising the human mind, the development of learning and how learning and behaviour are interrelated lead to different approaches for dealing with issues that schools have in relation to behaviour experienced as challenging or otherwise difficult. As Bruner (1996) notes, there are two ‘strikingly different’ ways of thinking about how the mind works. One of these is to conceptualise the mind in cognitive terms, as operating like a computer in processing the information it receives. Here, however, we are concerned with the second conceptualisation, what Bruner terms ‘culturalism’, which has rather different implications for addressing behavioural issues.

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