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Multicultural education focus of new UOG publication
Date:10/29/2009

side." According to Marler & Turk-Smith, the approach of using a one-size-fits-all way of interacting in a group setting is disrespectful of the minority members. Educators willing to understand what is different about multicultural groups will maximize the special advantages each culture represented in the classroom might bring to the learning process.

"Until I learned more about multicultural interactions by studying Dr. Turk-Smith's earlier publications, I would have described Guam's environment as one where we respect the values of others," said Marler. "But now I realize it's really a respect for the need of others to maintain integrity with their own values within the group setting." According to Marler, those two concepts may seem similar, but in the classroom setting it's a respect for the person's learning needs as defined by their values that creates an effective educator.

"It's always gratifying when synergy among our faculty leads to new accomplishments," said UOG President Robert Underwood. "In this case it took the academic training and successful research program of Dr. Turk-Smith combined with the life experiences of Dr. Marler for this accomplishment to materialize." The result is a highly pertinent article on teaching to a group of diverse learners, which is now accessible in a long-standing respected international journal.


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Contact: Olympia Terral
olympia.wptrc@yahoo.com
671-735-2092
University of Guam
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