115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

How Does One Teach in a Non-Homogeneous Classroom?: Experience and Lessons for Teaching in a Multicultural Society

Sara Fine-Meltzer, Ben-Gurion University

Teaching to students of at least four different cultural backgrounds, none of them Western, in the same class poses problems for the teacher who comes from a distinctly Western culture. This presentation aims to address the problems and then offer some suggestions for making it work.


After 30 years of teaching in middle school, high school, and university, the outstanding feature of each and every classroom was the challenge of reaching the incredibly varied population sitting in front of me. To teach the material was almost incidental to the larger question of how to make it relevant to the students and to find the techniques that might speak to all of them.

This paper deals with the challenges, the failures and finally the successes in dealing with the multicultural classroom.