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Explain the Impact of Culture on Education B.Ed Notes
The term culture has been derived from the Latin word “cultura” stemming from coleremeaning “to cultivate”. Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, surrounding their values, belief, attitudes, religion, language, social habits, food, music and arts. The relationship between culture and education is an important one. The two are intimately and integrally connected. Culture is a way of life for an entire society. The culture of a society has its inevitable impact on its educational system. Whatever we learn through education is immensely influenced by culture.
According to Cristina De Rossi,
“Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones and a million other thing”.
Impact of Culture on Education
- i. Education and culture are closely connected and dependent on each other. Any educational pattern gets its guidance from the cultural patterns of a society.
- ii. Culture influences how we see the world, how we see the community that we live in, and how we communicate with each other. Culture influences our behaviour and learning process.
- iii. Culture teaches the younger generation values, beliefs and traditions of a society which will help to preserve and keep these practices alive through the years.
- iv. Cultural values influences language, communication, and instils discipline in students. It influences the social interaction with parents, siblings, peers and teachers.
- v. The goals of education is conditioned by the cultural ideals, values and patterns of a society. The educational curriculum of a society is determined by the cultural values of that society.
- vi. The cultural patterns of a society exert powerful influence upon the methods of teaching.
- vii. When the lessons being taught in the classroom is more relevant with a student’s culture, they be more interested and attentive in the lesson.
- viii. Understanding one another’s culture helps in promoting diversity and children will feel more connected with each other.
Culture is a way of life and a system of conduct. It is an ongoing and cumulative process. Understanding and valuing different cultures will strengthen the bond among students. They will learn to appreciate each other and recognise other cultures other than their own. It will spread peace, harmony and tolerance in the country. Culture gives high social, moral and spiritual values and education inculcates these high social, moral and spiritual values among the students.