Gender and culture differences in today’s classrooms
Keywords:Class participation, gender differences, forming groups, ethics of participation
AbstractIn the past three decades the increasing classroom diversity casted a light on the instructional and technical issues that werenot taken into consideration before. Multicultural classrooms have advanced great responsibilities on teachers to promote culturallyresponsive teaching and balancing culture and gender within their mini societies. Teachers are challenged by the complicated taskof accommodating each and every student’s culture and various gender roles. The questions that rise here are: “What do we teachand how?” “Whose culture do we teach?” “Do teachers know what the gender roles are in students’ home countries?” “Are teachersaware of their own cultural identity, biases, beliefs, and attitudes?” This study tries to take into consideration the possible answersto these questions and the issues highlighted in these questions to promote engagement and participation in class communication foreveryone. The article is based on the findings of the multicultural communicative classroom observation in International Black SeaUniversity, Faculty of Education, English Philology bachelor level.