What is cultural competence?

Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Cultural competence comprises four components: (a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview, (b) Attitude towards cultural differences, (c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and (d) cross-cultural skills. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across culture (go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_competence for their complete definition).

In the state of Alaska teachers and administrators must complete multicultural/cross – cultural communications coursework to qualify for a professional teaching certificate. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/teachercertification/certification.html

Cultural competence in Oregon state: www.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/grants/saelp/cuturlcmptencebibnwrel.pdf

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