Teaching and Learning in a Diverse University Community

Students bring with them a learned set of beliefs, values, and norms about what are appropriate and inappropriate ways of thinking, behaving and communicating in the classroom. Students’ expectations about how we exchange ideas in a classroom differ in cultures around the world, and they may differ from region to region in Canada. The academic cultures of universities and disciplines also vary greatly. For example, in some cultures it is disrespectful to disagree with the professor. In others, professors encourage and expect debate and disagreement as a part of active learning. In this section we will: