It is important that teachers and educators are familiar with the idea of ‘culture’. Teachers and educators have their own cultural backgrounds, they teach students who will have similar and different cultures to themselves, they work in institutions that are culturally situated, and they facilitate First Nations people sharing their cultures for learning. For all these reasons, it is important that teachers and educators recognise how culture works!
This book chapter introduces the idea of culture in an accessible way. It comes from a book about Anthropology, which is the study of humanity. This exploration of culture is interested in how culture informs people’s behaviour, values, objects and language. This text has been written by an American author You may also be interested in Chapter 14: Types of Types: Race and Ethnicity, which explains the differences between culture (a set of nebulous ideas), race (doesn’t exist) and ethnicity (shared cultural characteristics due to shared history).
This book explains the many ways ‘culture’ has been, and is, understood and studied in Western knowledge paradigms. It asks: “How is it possible to study 'culture' when the topic covers the arts, literature, movies, history, sociology, anthropology and gender studies?” This is an in-depth, academic text.
Sometimes, it can be hard to ‘see’ your own culture. This website explains Australian culture in an accessible way. For those of you with Australian ethnicity, how much of your own culture were you aware of? For those of you new to Australia, this may be a helpful guide!
This book describes Western cultures (namely those of Western Europe and America) to people who are not familiar with Western cultures. It describes Western history and cultural practices in a clinical yet accessible way. This text is useful for revealing Western cultural practices and ideas.