IAN ROTH -

CLASSROOM MORALE: A CONCEPTUAL KEY FOR UNLOCKING THE BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY : CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES

This presentation explores the concept of morale as it applies to classrooms. While morale is a concept with a long history, it is typically associated with matters related to the military more than with traditional classroom contexts. This presentation will argue that, through the systematic application of principle-based practices identified in the military literature, morale can be fostered and subsequently relied upon in ways that motivation cannot. It particularly focuses on the role morale plays in bonding together diverse groups through shared elements such as history and mission. The objectives of the presentation are to provide educators with a conceptual lens that is well suited for clarifying diversity-related issues, and with a set of principles in accord with which they can modify their existing pedagogies to improve the morale of their classes.

Ian M Roth holds an MS in International Education and a PhD in Organizational Systems. He works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Meijo University in Nagoya. His research interests include leadership, transformational learning, and educational systems design.