Getting Started and Connecting
Module 01: Cultural Responsiveness: Bridge the Gaps of Culture
Module 02: Deconstructing Barriers of Cultural Responsiveness
Module-03: Evaluating and Measuring Acculturative Stress
Module 04: The Culturally Responsive System (CRS): Creating a Solid Foundation
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Module 1 Resources


Module 01: Cultural Responsiveness: Bridge the Gaps of Culture

Lesson 1: Concept of Culture

  • Define and understand the concept of culture.
  • Recognize the significance of culture in educational settings.
  • Identify the elements that contribute to one’s cultural identity.

Lesson 2: Understanding Cultural Responsiveness

  • Explore the principles and theories underpinning cultural responsiveness.
  • Analyze the role of cultural responsiveness in fostering inclusive learning environments.
  • Understand the core elements of being a culturally responsive practitioner.

Lesson 3: Why Cultural Responsiveness?

  • Examine the rationale and importance of cultural responsiveness in education.
  • Identify the potential benefits of integrating cultural responsiveness in educational practices.
  • Explore the consequences of cultural insensitivity.

Lesson 4: Essential Areas of Cultural Responsiveness

  • Identify key areas where cultural responsiveness can be applied in education.
  • Analyze strategies and best practices for each of these areas.
  • Develop an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of cultural responsiveness.

Lesson 5: Cultural Responsiveness & Online Learning

  • Assess the unique challenges and opportunities of applying cultural responsiveness in online education.
  • Explore digital tools and strategies to enhance cultural responsiveness in virtual learning environments.
  • Discuss the impact of technology on cultural inclusivity.

Lesson 6: Community of Inquiry & Cultural Presence

  • Examine the concept of the Community of Inquiry model.
  • Discuss how to integrate cultural presence and inclusivity within the Community of Inquiry framework.
  • Develop skills for promoting cultural presence in online learning communities.


Required Readings

Adolphs R. (2009). The social brain: neural basis of social knowledge. Annual review of psychology, 60, 693–716., Y. (2021). The Idea of Cyclicality in Chinese Thought. Dao, 20, 389–406.

Arieli, S. (2018, October 29). The Associations Between Cultural Mindset and Success in Problem Solving. Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Retrieved from

Brown, M. A., & Di Lallo, S. (2020). Talking Circles: A Culturally Responsive Evaluation Practice. American Journal of Evaluation41(3),367-383.

Çelik, P., Storme, M., & Forthmann, B. (2016). A new perspective on the link between multiculturalism and creativity: The relationship between core value diversity and divergent thinking. Learning and Individual Differences, 52, 188-196.

Gong, X., Wong, N., & Wang, D. (2018). Are Gender Differences in Emotion Culturally Universal? Comparison of Emotional Intensity Between Chinese and German Samples. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(6), 993-1005.