Certainly from my experience of facilitating many

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Certainly, from my experience of facilitating many workshops in a wide range of cultural contexts, I would also make the case for there being much similarity in terms of people s perception and comprehension of what constitutes good human conduct, a positive psychological climate, as well as the way they learn. Several years ago, I was attending a conference in which one of the keynote speakers was emphasizing how people from different cultures learned very differently, and that we should be thinking of culturally relative pedagogies. In listening, I was re fl ecting on my own experiences and feeling a bit confused and somewhat annoyed. Yes, of course there are cultural differences, and pedagogy must take into account relevant culturally determined situated factors for a number of obvious reasons. However, in large part, the main speci fi c cultural factors relate more to speci fi c social norms and custom, rather than pedagogic or fundamental interpersonal communication prac- tices. For example, I am mindful of touch, even handshakes in certain cultural contexts, as well as the humour I use. I also notice that in different cultural and ethnic contexts, one must modify the level of informality accordingly. For example, I tend to be more informal quicker in the Philippines than other countries, as participants seem to respond well to this. In certain countries I tend to retain formality longer as I feel that the early display of humour may be detrimental to a perception of high professional credibility. However, my experience is that, irre- spective of cultural context, learners will become more informal and appreciate some humour, once they feel comfortable and perceive high credibility in terms of what is on offer in the learning stakes. Culture has impact here, but it may be less than personality con fi gurations. In terms of how people learn, I fi nd little difference, and that s because we share the same brain structure and we learn structurally in the same way. In most basic terms, learners must acquire knowledge through memory processing, make meaning of it (build understanding) through thinking, and acquire skill by doing. In this context there is motivation and beliefs that will come into play, but the essential principles of human conduct and learning seem largely universal, based on my experience. I am convinced that highly competent and creative teachers will be positively impactful anywhere, not with everyone all the time that s impossible. Equally, very poor teachers will be similarly experienced in negative ways, wherever, in most cases. What is often of noticeable difference is how learners across cultures and contexts actually respond to the variety of teachers they experience. The best are generally always appreciated. However, how the worse teachers fair may vary signi fi cantly depending on cultural contexts. In some cultures, it seems that few learners will disrupt or react negatively even in the face of poor teaching, as there is a deep respect for the profession of teaching. They
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