Anchoring Learning with Cultural Tools: Using Proverbs and Stories to Enhance Learning Among Diverse Students

Valencia Perry, Ph.D.

March 28, 2019

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Abstract

Howard University serves a multi-ethnic community in a dynamic setting. Four prevalent diverse groups at Howard University include African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Latinos (of all racial backgrounds), and Africans. These groups are known to use communication patterns that are distinct, and, in many cases, contrastive to those of White American English-speaking groups. As such, there is a need to utilize instructional delivery styles to enhance learning among this diverse group of students, with varying cultural-linguistic backgrounds. Proverbs and stories are such tools when used properly can provide information that is easily digested in meaningful ways. In many instances, these methods of content delivery can be effective in clarifying information that supports and solidifies learning, while also enhancing critical thinking abilities. This presentation will provide strategies for integrating proverbs and stories into scientifically-based lectures for students in professional and pre-professional programs.

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