Cultural Constructs in Teaching and Learning

  • Fengfeng Ke
  • Alicia Fedelina Chávez


In our 2 year study, we compared student narratives about their learning and experiences in collegiate learning environments with this model and eight cultural construct continua emerged. This chapter includes a visual, working model of eight cultural constructs as well as interpretations and illustrative student narratives of ways each construct manifests in web-based collegiate teaching and learning.


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The Authors would like to thank Felisha Herrera for her work and insights on early versions of the Cultural Constructs Model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fengfeng Ke
    • 1
  • Alicia Fedelina Chávez
    • 2
  1. 1.Educational Psychology and Learning SystemsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & PolicyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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