Social- and Health Care Educators’ Cultural Competence
Han, R., Koskinen, M., Mikkonen, K., Sjögren, T., Korpi, H., Koivula, M., Koskimäki, M., Lähteenmäki, M.-L., Sormunen, M., Saaranen, T., Salminen, L., Wallin, O., Kääriäinen, M., & Koskinen, C. (2020). Social- and Health Care Educators’ Cultural Competence. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 13(3), 1555-1562. http://internationaljournalofcaringsciences.org/docs/3_koskinen_original_13_3_2.pdf
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Introduction and aim: Cultural differences have significant impacts on classroom behaviours and communication in teaching. The aim of this study is to explore social and healthcare educators’ cultural competence in transcultural education. Methodology: Data was collected from semi-structured focus group interviews at universities of applied sciences and vocational colleges. Inductive content analysis was used in the analysis process. Results: Educators’ cultural competence in transcultural education emerges as generic categories: transcultural education, educatorship and ethical attitudes, and underpins by the sub-categories: language and linguistics, different learning styles, integrating multicultural students, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, collaborating and cooperating, self-awareness and openness, and respecting and caring. Conclusion: Cultural competence represents a core competence for social-and health care educators. Educators need to know students’ background, master different learning styles, be flexible in their pedagogical approaches and have an open and ethical attitude. ...
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Additional information about fundingThe research is part of the TerOpe project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. We would like to acknowledge the Ministry for providing us the opportunity to research and extend knowledge of educators’ competence. We would also like to acknowledge all the lecturers who participated in the study.
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