The Impact of Culture on Education

Impact on Education

The Impact of Culture on Education

Culture is defined as the shared customs, religious views, and way of life of a community, citizens, or country. It comprises a set values and standards of a particular group of people.

Culture includes how we perceive the world, how we interpret our society, and how we converse with one another and act. As a result, culture has a strong impact on education, and its learning and teaching styles.

What role does culture play in a child’s learning process?

  • Culture instils values, ideologies, and customs in students.
  • It has an effect on a child’s interactions with parents, siblings, companions, and educators.
  • It has an impact on their verbal and nonverbal communication.

Importance of Culture-Based Education

Culture-based education is a mode of education that is focused on the principles, standards, perceptions, and practices that are at the soul of any culture. According to Harvard Professor Bruner, “culture influences the imagination; it offers us the tool kit with which we build not only our society, but our very renovation of ourselves and our abilities. “This is why culture-based education is becoming more important.

In school, students from different backgrounds and cultures are often left out because they are taught a curriculum that has a strong cultural bias. It is incompatible with the culture to which they are accustomed and integrated. This is why it is critical to develop a curriculum that integrates a variety of viewpoints. The teaching and learning process must accommodate the child’s physical, sociocultural, and cultural priorities.

Benefits of cultural education

1- People will have a better idea of the world

Our world is made up of a lot of interesting and unique people and cultures. More cultures our students observe, the more open they are to people and cultures that are different from them. Getting familiar with more and more cultures will automatically add in their knowledge and understanding about them.

2-Value and respect for other cultures, as well as our own

Not only is it important to know about other cultures, but also to value and respect them.First, look at your own culture. This is one way to get a better sense of how other people live. Many of us don’t even think about the fact that our traditions and perceptions might be weird to someone else. If you assume of your own way of life as the norm and everyone else’s as a weird alteration, it’s hard to treat them with respect.

Reducing stereotypes: 

The more the students will learn about cultures and races, the less probably they are to make classes of individuals in schools based on stereotypes. Because they will get to know that the truth for one person may not be the truth for another.

Encourages effective communication: 

Language isn’t the only thing that makes communication work. Culture can have an effect on a lot of different things. Culture can show how people speak, including how quickly they speak, how they use figurative language, and more. It can also have an effect on body language and how people move their hands and arms. The students will acquire different languages from different cultures and will be capable of communicating with each other effectively.

Increases chances of meeting new and interesting people:

The students will have more chances to meet new and exciting people if they participate in different ceremonies, visit people from different cultures, and try new things. This will make room for even more new friends from different cultures to join their group of friends. In this way, the chances of progress in the future will be increased.

New experiences

Stories, traditions, and new foods can all be new experiences. New art techniques or musical instruments they’ve never seen before are great things for people to see. The more you teach kids about different cultures, the more they will be able to see and learn about the world.


Students in a culturally relevant classroom feel supported and safe to learn and actively engage. It is a place where they can grow in confidence and self-esteem. When they see their traditions being encouraged at school, they feel included in their school environment, which empowers them and makes them proud of their cultural roots. When students learn in an environment that values their cultural identity, they do better in school and grow up to be more independent and lively individuals.

With nearly all universities around the world now having international students, teachers are becoming more conscious of how different cultural backgrounds of students influence their studies, and thus the urgent need for culture-based learning is felt more than ever.

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