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Session C6

6th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

Meeting the Learning Needs of Students with Diverse Backgrounds in Higher Education: A Music Teacher Experience

Marcos S.S.C. Cavalcante, D.M. (College Of Arts And Sciences, Northern New Mexico College);  Rose Chiovtti-Cavalcante, Ph.D. (College of Education, Northern New Mexico College)

Sierra II, 2:30-3:45

Students from diverse backgrounds come to institutions of higher education with different needs and learning styles, challenging instructors in their traditional ways of teaching and assessing students. This presentation will focus first on the educational research that provides the foundation for effectively teaching students of diverse cultures, languages, and socio-economic backgrounds. Second, it will describe the experience of a higher education music professor in successfully adapting traditional ways of teaching and assessing learning to a group of Native American music majors.

This presentation is intended for college instructors who might be interested in new and more effective approaches to teaching their minority higher education students.  Attendees should expect to leave this session with a better understanding of the research on teaching and reaching students with diverse backgrounds and hopefully inspired by hearing about a positive experience, to try to out new and innovative approaches in their higher education classroom. 

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