Divided into five parts, the Seventh Edition emphasizes that the main goal of the multicultural curriculum should be to help readers develop the ability to make reflective decisions so that they can, through thoughtful action, influence their personal, social and civic worlds and help to make them more democratic and just. The book is designed to help teachers conceptualize, design, and implement a democratic, thoughtful, and just curriculum that honors and reflects the experiences, hopes, and dreams of all Americans. It describes knowledge, concepts, strategies, and resources that teachers need to teach ethnic studies in the classroom. For classroom teachers at all levels, and those interested in gaining a better understanding of multicultural studies in the classroom.
Since the 1994 edition, US schools have edged closer to being 50% populated by students of color. Banks (Director, Center for Multicultural Education; U. of Washington, Seattle) overviews dimensions of multicultural education (including misconceptions), curriculum reforms, and benchmarks for effective pluralistic schools. Newly appended checklists for evaluating materials; and the Nebraska Multicultural Education Bill. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington from 2001 to 2006. Professor Banks is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Council for the Social Studies. He is a specialist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. His books include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies; Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching;Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society; and Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks. Professor Banks is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education,The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education,Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives, and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, a four-volume reference work published by Sage in 2012.