In this module, you will learn about cultural sensitivity. We begin be defining culture and describing the three elements of culture. Then, we describe how cultures may differ along the dimensions of context, individualism vs. collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, proxemics, kinesics, and paralanguage. We then briefly discuss the benefits and challenges of dual language learners. Next, we outline nine pathways to cultural sensitivity and emphasize strategies for effective communication with families when caregivers do not share the same language. Finally, we offer strategies for making a child care setting culturally competent.
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