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This textbook gives students a strong background in the conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical issues in multicultural education.
Cultural Diversity and Education is designed to help pre-service and in-service educators clarify the philosophical and definitional issues related to pluralistic education, derive a clarified philosophical position, design and implement effective teaching strategies that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity, and prepare sound guidelines for multicultural programs and practices. This book describes actions that educators can take to institutionalize educational programs and practices related to ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dr. Banks has been the leading authority in the field of multicultural education for 30 years. This text provides students with a sound understanding of the conceptual, theoretical, historical, and philosophical issues in multicultural education, as well as curriculum and teaching strategies that can be used in the classroom.
All chapters conclude with “References.”
PART I. DIMENSIONS, HISTORY, AND GOALS.
1. The Dimensions of Multicultural Education.
2. Multicultural Education and Global Citizenship.
3. Multicultural Education: History, Development , Goals and Approaches.
PART II. CONCEPTUAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES.
4. Culture, Ethnicity, and Education.
5. Race, Diversity, and Educational Paradigms.
6. Pluralism, Ideology, and Educational Reform.
7. The Stages of Cultural Identity: Implications for Curriculum Reform.
PART III. KNOWEDGE CONSTRUCTION AND SCHOOL REFORM.
8. Race, Disability, Giftedness, and School Reform.
9. The Lives and Values of Transformative Scholars and Citizenship Education.
PART IV. CURRICULUM AND TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR DECISION-MAKING AND ACTION.
10. A Curriculum for Empowerment, Action, and Change.
11. Teaching Decision-Making and Social Action Skills for Social Change.
PART V. GENDER, LANGUAGE, INTERGROUP RELATIONS, AND GUIDELINES.
12. Gender and Educational Equality.
13. Language, Culture, and Education Ricardo L. Garcia.
14. Reducing Prejudice in Students: Theory, Research, and Strategies.
15. Curriculum Guidelines for Multicultural Education.
Appendix: Multicultural Education Program Evaluation Checklist.
Posted July 5, 2009
I bought this book for a college class and it is full of valuable information about cultural diversity and education.
Banks tells us that
1) First teachers must understand their own personal and cultural values and identities.
2) They must also be knowledgeable about the cultural characteristics of their students.
3) Teachers should try to not only help their students function at higher stages of cultural identity but should also try to function at higher stages of cultural identity themselves.
I strongly agree with Banks. He states "The teachers' values and perspectives mediate and interact with what they teach and influence how messages are communicated to and perceived by their students" .
According to research done by Stephan, 1985 and Stephan & Vogt 2004, changing the racial attitudes of adults is a difficult task and that diverse experiences, such as seminars, visitations, community involvement, committee work, guest speakers, videotapes multimedia materials, workshops, combined with factural lectures, are more effective than is any single approach.
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