Professors Judith and Sherwood Lengenfelter are teachers who have studied and experienced multi-cultural education both inside and outside of the United States. Teaching Cross-Culturally is their collaborative work that shares what they have learned and experienced along the way. Their knowledge includes anecdotes, information, and explanations, which are often followed by reflection questions. The authors promote deep observation, teacher awareness of self and students, and the primacy of the teacher/student relationship. They explore the “hidden curriculum” that permeates all learning environments, power and authority in the classroom, and the importance of context and flexibility. They identify different learning styles and “intelligences.” Ultimately, they believe that it is the teacher’s responsibility to create an effective learning environment. Christian congregations will be comfortable with this text because of its use of New Testament scripture; however, other traditions will appreciate the scholarship, ideas, and practical suggestions that the Lingenfelter’s make throughout their work.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover