As illustrated in the introduction discussion this week, each of you has experienced a unique journey through a variety of educational experiences throughout your lives. Naturally, some of these experiences will have contributed to your personal development and identity with greater impact than others. Furthermore, many in-school variables have affected your educational journey.
After reading selected materials from Week One, you should now be familiar with the research that describes the relationship between social class and school success (Chapter 7 and the Funds of knowledge Links to an external site.help by students and their families). You will use this knowledge as a foundation for completing this assignment.
For this assignment, describe a school-related experience that you believe influenced your identity either positively or negatively or both. You will analyze this experience and reflect on all the factors that might have shaped it, and the different ways these experiences shaped you. This analysis will include an examination of factors related to school (such as social class, socioeconomic status, diversity, family issues, etc.) that you believe influenced your schooling. This type of analysis provides a powerful introduction to learning more about the relationship between culture, education and how such factors can impact school.
In your paper, include the following:
· Describe your selected school experience that influenced your personal identity development. (1 points)
· Describe the school where your experience took place including (a) school characteristics, (b) student population characteristics, (c) socio-economic background of the families affiliated with the school, (d) the family structures represented, and (e) values, behaviors, and symbols that would be considered normal in that community (microculture). (2 points)
· Explain the influence that your family’s “funds of knowledge” and social capital had on your ability to succeed in your school; address your success in the following three areas: academic success, social success, and emotional success. (1 points)
· Explain, using specific examples, how educators could use information about culture and individual student identities to make effective instructional decisions. (1 points)
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