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Cultural & Life Experiences Connections

Overview

Understanding adults' lived experiences and cultural backgrounds and connecting them to instructional practices helps all learners feel like valued members of the community. When instructors and training programs integrate the life experiences and cultural knowledge learners bring to the classroom, they help students draw on their Background Knowledge to better understand and relate to the material. This strategy is one that supports the practice of culturally responsive teaching to improve Motivation and allow representation of all learners in the curriculum.

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To make connections with life experiences, instructors must learn about their students' backgrounds and interests, which will build trust and a deeper relationship. Instructors can use this knowledge to carefully select texts and materials that integrate aspects of adults' lives, cultural backgrounds, and interests that allow for more meaningful connections, including for learners whose Primary Language is no