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Affirming Diversity : The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education

Affirming Diversity : The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0205451227

Cover of Affirming Diversity : The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education 4TH 04 (ISBN 978-0205451227)
ISBN13: 978-0205451227
ISBN10: 0205451225
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Affirming Diversity : The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205451227

Sonia Nieto

ISBN13: 978-0205451227
ISBN10: 0205451225
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No

In this revision of her best-selling text, author Sonia Nieto explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds.

The text looks at how personal, social, political, cultural, and educational factors affect the success or failure of students in today's classroom. Expanding upon the popular case-study approach, the fourth edition examines the lives of 18 real students who are affected by multicultural education, or a lack of it. Social justice is firmly embedded in this view of multicultural education, and teachers are encouraged to work for social change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Features :

  • This text offers a critical approach to multicultural education, going beyond the "Taco Tuesdays" approach to teaching about diversity. It includes an exhaustive survey of the most up-to-date research.
  • Fourteen case studies present real, diverse students to illuminate the need for multicultural education and how it affects students. These case studies capture readers' attention and make them truly care about the subject matter. Topics include racial, linguistic, religious, cultural, and sexual diversity.
  • Case studies are followed by extensive commentary, which helps students examine the complex issues presented in the case studies and to think of solutions for future generations of students.
  • An updated Epilogue provides an update on several of the students profiled.

New To This Edition

  • New! Case studies that address sexual identity and being Islamic in the U.S. have been added to expand the meaning of diversity.
  • New! "Snapshots" feature presents four mini-case studies to increase the topics covered to include Sikhism, biculturalism, Asian-American students, and adoption.
  • New! Activities for personal, school, and community change engage readers with many suggestions for concrete and practical action.
  • New! Tables and figures have been added to help students visualize demographic information that illustrates the need for an understanding of diversity in U.S. schools.
  • New! A completely new Instructor's Manual and Companion Website provide support and tools for instructors and students.
  • New! Attractive design and added pedagogy that includes new tables, figures, and artwork.
  • TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE--Questions correlated to VideoWorkshop for Multicultural Education are located at the end of each chapter, giving students a first-hand glimpse into the multicultural classroom.

Author Bio

Nieto, Sonia : University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with "Summary," "To Think About," "Activities for Personal, School, and Community Change," "Case Studies," and "Notes."

What's New in the Fourth Edition?
Teaching Well in Difficult Times.


1. Why the Case Study Approach?

Defining the Case Study Approach.
Challenging Stereotypes.
Case Studies and Snapshots: A Mosaic of Students in U.S. Schools.
Selection of Students.
Researching and Developing the Case Studies and Snapshots.
Academic Success and Failure.
Placement and Brief Description of the Case Studies and Snapshots.
Learning from the Case Studies and Snapshots.
Guidelines for Developing Case Studies.

2. About Terminology.

Making Choices About What Terms to Use.
Lumping Groups Together.


3. Racism, Discrimination, and Expectations of Students' Achievement.

Definitions of Racism and Discrimination.
The History and Persistence of Racism in U.S. Schools.
Manifestations of Racism and Discrimination in Schools.
Snapshot Kaval Sethi.

4. Structural and Organizational Issues in Schools.

Standardized Testing.
The Curriculum.
Physical Structure.
Disciplinary Policies.
Limited Role of Students.
Limited Role of Teachers.
Limited Family and Community Involvement.

5. Culture, Identity, and Learning.

Learning Styles and Preferences.
Communication Style.
Cultural Discontinuities and School Achievements.
Culture-Specific Educational Accommodations.
A Critical Appraisal of Culture-Specific Accommodations.
Glossary of LGBT Terms.

6. Linguistic Diversity in U.S. Classrooms.

Linguistic Diversity in U.S. Schools: A Brief Overview and History.
Linguistic Diversity and Learning.
Snapshot: Liane Chang.
Language Diversity and the Case for Bilingual Education.
Why the Controversy Over Bilingual Education?
Promising Practices for Language Minority Students.

7. Toward and Understanding of School Achievement.

Deficit Theories Revisited.
Economic and Social Reproduction Revisited.
Cultural Incompatibilities Revisited.
The Immigrant Experience Versus the "Minority" Experience.
Newer Perspectives About the Immigrant and "Minority" Experiences.
Resistance Theory.
Developing a Comprehensive Understanding of Student Learning.

8. Learning From Students.

The Meaning of Success.
Pride and Conflict in Culture.
Conflict and Ambivalence.
Self-Identification and Conflict.
Snapshot: Gamini Padmaperuma.
Beyond Academics.
Family, Community, and School Environments for Success.

9. Multicultural Education and School Reform.

A Definition of Multicultural Education.

10. Affirming Diversity: Implications for Teachers, Schools, and Families.

Lessons From Students: Maintaining and Affirming Pride in Culture.
Snapshot: David Weiss.
Support Beyond Academics.
Developing Environments for Success.
Expanding Definitions: What It Means to Be American.
Levels of Multicultural Education and Support.

11. Multicultural Education in Practice.

Problem Posing: Reconsidering School Policies and Practices in a Multicultural Context.
Countering Racism, Discrimination, and Low Expectations.
Changing Schools: Restructure and Renewal.
Respecting and Affirming Cultural Differences.
Linguistic Diversity as a Resource.
About the Author.
Art Credits.