Comprehensive Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice / Edition 6by Christine Bennett, Christine I. Bennett
Pub. Date: 04/07/2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
As our nation's population becomes more culturally, ethnically and racially diverse, the challenge of multicultural education has become essential. Yet many of our nation's schools, hampered by societal policies, shortage of funds, and lack of understanding, have not yet risen to this challenge to become multicultural in vision and practice. In response to this void, this book helps educators to understand multicultural education, to implement multicultural education across the curriculum, and to approach controversial topics like prejudice, racism, social justice and cultural pluralism. This book is based on the premise that teachers must understand and value students' individual differences for each student to reach his or her full potential. The author also offers vignettes of teachers and students she has known over the years to bring the discussion and subject matter "to life." Topics covered include: the connections between multicultural concepts, classroom practices and curriculum development, the understanding of students' cultural and individual differences, and the connection between multicultural and global education. Classroom teachers and administrators.
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Table of Contents
Each chapter includes "Conclusions," "Compare and Contrast," "Activities and Questions," and "Notes."
I. THE CASE FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION.
The Case of Fred Young.
The Case of Sarah Stein.
The Case of Jimmy Miller.
The Case of Isaac Washington.
The Case of Marcia Patton.
The Case of Jesús Martinez.
The Case of Sam Johnson.
1. Multicultural Schools: What, Why, and How.
What Is Multicultural Education?
Core Values in Multicultural Education and Curriculum.
Why Is Multicultural Education Essential?
Conditions for Multicultural Schools.
Multicultural School Conditions.
2. The Nature of Culture and the Contexts for Multicultural Teaching.
What Is Culture?
Differences between Culture and Race.
What Do We Mean by Ethnic Groups?
Cultural Assimilation and Pluralism.
Guidelines for Understanding Cultural Differences in the Classroom: Aspects of Ethnicity.
3. Race Relations and the Nature of Prejudice.
The Prevalence of Prejudice and Racism.
The Nature of Prejudice.
The Nature of Racism.
Theories of Ethnic Identity.
The Nature of Stereotypes and Multicultural Teaching.
An Illustration of Racism and the Need for Curriculum Reform.
Africa: Common Misconceptions.
4. Conflicting Themes of Assimilation and Pluralism among European Americans, Jewish Americans, and African Americans.
Sources of Cultural Diversity in the United States: An Overview.
Who Has Assimilated?
5. Conflicting Themes of Assimilation and Pluralism among American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and Arabs in the United States.
Muslims in America and Arab Americans, Salman H. Al-Ani.
II. INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES THAT AFFECT TEACHING AND LEARNING.
Warren Benson's Classroom.
The Case of Kevin Armstrong.
The Case of Rachael Jones.
The Case of Max Britten.
The Case of Maria Chacón.
6. Theories of Learning Style and Multiple Intelligence: Interactions between Culture and the Individual.
An Introduction to Learning Style.
What Is Learning Style?
Why Be Concerned about Learning Styles?
Four Strategies for Discovering Learning Styles.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligence.
Relationships between Culture and Learning Style.
Learning Styles and Teaching Styles.
Learning Styles and Effective Teaching.
7. Beyond Learning Style: An Overview of Other Key Individual Differences.
Levels of Achievement and Aptitudes.
Beliefs, Attitudes, and Values.
Sense of Ethnic Identity.
Teacher Perceptions of Individual Differences Related to Ethnicity and Poverty.
III. STRENGTHENING MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION.
The Case of Lisa Stuart.
Sam Johnson's Classroom Revisited.
8. Multicultural Curriculum Development: A Decision-Making Model and Lesson Plans.
Developing a Course Rationale.
Developing Plans for Instruction.
The Importance of Fair-Minded Critical Thinking.
The Curriculum Model: Goals, Assumptions, and Content.
Goal One: Understanding Multiple Historical Perspectives.
Lesson Plans That Develop Multiple Historical Perspectives.
Goal Two: Developing Cultural Consciousness.
Lesson Plans That Develop Cultural Consciousness.
Goal Three: Developing Intercultural Competence.
Lesson Plans That Develop Intercultural Competence.
Goal Four: Combating Racism, Sexism, Prejudice, and All Forms of Discrimination.
Lesson Plans That Combat Racism, Sexism, Prejudice, and Discrimination.
Goal Five: Raising Awareness of the State of the Planet and Global Dynamics.
Lesson Plans That Develop State of the Planet Awareness.
Goal Six: Developing Social Action Skills.
Implementing the Model through an Interdisciplinary Unit.
Historical Fiction and Multicultural Education in a World War II Unit John Kornfeld.
9. Educational Concepts and Teaching Strategies for Multicultural Classrooms.
The Promise of Culturally Relevant Teaching.
Individualizing Instruction: A Response to Cultural and Individual Differences.
Learning Activity Packets and Learning Centers.
Cooperative Learning: Student Team Learning.
Peer and Cross-Age Tutoring.
Connections with Multicultural Education.
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