A framework based on individualism and collectivism can help teachers understand cultural differences in children and young adults. In addition to providing a more balanced view of different cultures, such as those of Latin America, the United States, and Canada, the framework also helps teachers identify specific cultural differences and practices. The framework can also be helpful when introducing new ideas and approaches to teaching students and teachers. If you are a teacher looking to introduce individualism in the classroom, consider the following resources.
Individualism is a core component of neoliberal economics, which has underpinned the globalization of education. Millennial graduates’ perspectives on individualism are particularly important. Their views and experiences may reflect global trends, and their parents’ preferences. However, the study’s findings are limited by the validity of the data collected. Neoliberalism, which is driven by the neoliberal paradigm, is limited by international differences in parental influences.
Neoinstitutionalists focus on the role of institutions in facilitating individualism, which is essential for the success of individualistic learning. According to Fevre, cognitive individualism involves the use of standardized tests and other means to gauge children’s abilities and capabilities. Moreover, cognitive individualism fosters competitive education. Neoliberalists also focus on the role of private tutors and textbook publishers, but rarely examine the role of the family in educating children.
Although the US educational system encourages individualism, children from other cultures differ in their social and cultural contexts. Those from collectivist cultures are less likely to express their opinions in the classroom and require more parental attention. Further, children from low-income backgrounds are often discouraged from expressing their opinions in the classroom. Individualism in the classroom is not a bad thing, as long as the child is encouraged to think independently, irrespective of their social position.