Understanding and Addressing Cultural Discontinuity in Appalachia

Kentucky Innovations

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Students from marginalized populations often experience clashes in the expectations of their home and school environments, a cultural discontinuity that may impact their motivation and self-esteem which in turn hinders their chances for academic performance and long-term success. This presentation will provide an overview of the economic, educational, and technological context and challenges which complicates the lives as well as academic and professional achievements of today’s Appalachian students. In addition, we will describe the issues of faith, family, and community that both inform Appalachia’s rich heritage and the fears of Appalachians concerning the loss and destruction of this heritage.