Author Interview: Craig Ott
Missio Nexus’ leadership thoughtfully summarize books, giving you the Leader’s Edge to help inform, stimulate and provoke profitable discussion. The Author Interview is an informal conversation with the author to to give you more insight to the book.
This book, which is based on cross-cultural research and real-life experiences, explores ways to appreciate and engage learners from different cultures. It proceeds from a Christian conviction that the ultimate goal of all teaching is human flourishing. The book describes five dimensions of culture that influence teaching and learning: (1) cognitive (ways that learners process information); (2) worldview (nature of learning, causality, epistemology, tradition, and worldview change); (3) social (teaching roles and relationships in teaching-learning interactions); (4) media (instructional modes, media, and online learning); and (5) environment (physical, institutional, and socio-political context of teaching in another culture). Through these five dimensions, the book surveys the challenges and approaches of teaching across cultures.