Cultural Competency of High School Staff

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2012


Education for school-age children in cultural competency is an important aspect of their overall learning. Students cannot always gain knowledge of cultural competency at home, and for most children, this is the first time they learn outside of their homes. A diverse environment, like that of a school, is the best place for it to be acquired. Because the world is shifting to a more global, international society, the need for cultural competency and its importance will only increase in the coming years. The lack of this knowledge leads to intolerance, prejudice, and even violence. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between an educator’s cultural competency skill level and how it relates to the racial diversity of the school. This study will use survey questionnaires of the staff at high schools in the northwest region of Indiana. This area is very diverse overall, but also has some areas that are not diverse populations. Some schools mandate cultural competency training for all new staff. Training of staff to be culturally competent is the key to having them teach cultural competency to the students. The study will focus on the cultural competence of the staff at diverse schools versus staff at those that are not as diverse. Cultural competency and training of the staff will lead to a better result for the students and their cultural competence.

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