BN.com Gift Guide

It Even Happens in "Good" Schools: Responding to Cultural Diversity in Today's Classrooms / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $23.06
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $23.06   
  • New (1) from $23.06   
  • Used (2) from $24.92   

Overview

Foreword by Bob Algozzine
Afterword by Robert Rueda

This insightful work offers case studies, observations, and solutions to the challenges presented by cultural diversity—a new approach that can bring excellence to all learners, all teachers, all parents, and all communities.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Jill F. Bamber M.Ed.

"A distinct contribution to the field. It opens the eyes and minds of educators everywhere. Dr. Obiakor provides many opportunities for self-reflection, discussion, and learning from one another through actual cases, educating and re-educating teachers to be aware and accepting of students, no matter what their cultural, racial, linguistic, or socioeconomic differences."

Eugenia O. Caulcrick-George

"An eye-opener for all educators, parents, and those concerned with the education of children, addressing issues of cultural diversity in today’s classrooms. It provides a road map for success."

C. Frederick-Stanley

"A well-written book that discusses an issue that has become more and more relevant to today’s schools. It challenges readers to examine themselves and reflect on their personal practices and beliefs. As an administrator in a culturally diverse school district, I highly recommend this book for use with students in schools of education and in courses with teachers currently teaching."

Michael Eskay

"I find a lot of strengths in Dr. Obiakor’s books . . . strengths that will help teachers and administrators revise and implement school curriculum for maximizing the academic potential of students in multicultural schools."

Jill F. Bamber M.Ed.
"A distinct contribution to the field. It opens the eyes and minds of educators everywhere. Dr. Obiakor provides many opportunities for self-reflection, discussion, and learning from one another through actual cases, educating and re-educating teachers to be aware and accepting of students, no matter what their cultural, racial, linguistic, or socioeconomic differences."
M.Ed. - Jill F. Bamber
"A distinct contribution to the field. It opens the eyes and minds of educators everywhere. Dr. Obiakor provides many opportunities for self-reflection, discussion, and learning from one another through actual cases, educating and re-educating teachers to be aware and accepting of students, no matter what their cultural, racial, linguistic, or socioeconomic differences."
Eugenia O. Caulcrick-George
"An eye-opener for all educators, parents, and those concerned with the education of children, addressing issues of cultural diversity in today’s classrooms. It provides a road map for success."
C. Frederick-Stanley
"A well-written book that discusses an issue that has become more and more relevant to today’s schools. It challenges readers to examine themselves and reflect on their personal practices and beliefs. As an administrator in a culturally diverse school district, I highly recommend this book for use with students in schools of education and in courses with teachers currently teaching."
Michael Eskay
"I find a lot of strengths in Dr. Obiakor’s books . . . strengths that will help teachers and administrators revise and implement school curriculum for maximizing the academic potential of students in multicultural schools."
M.Ed. - Jill F. Bamber
"A distinct contribution to the field. It opens the eyes and minds of educators everywhere. Dr. Obiakor provides many opportunities for self-reflection, discussion, and learning from one another through actual cases, educating and re-educating teachers to be aware and accepting of students, no matter what their cultural, racial, linguistic, or socioeconomic differences."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761977964
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,076,037
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) in which he serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader who has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, he created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
About the Author
1. Redefining "Good" Schools
2. Classroom Identifications and Referrals
3. Classroom Assessments and Accountabilities
4. Classroom Labels and Categories
5. Classroom Placements and Inclusions
6. Classroom Instructions and Interventions
7. The Dream School: The Good School
Afterword
References
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    A Must for All Professionals in Special Education

    In, It Even Happens in 'Good' Schools: Responding to Cultural Diversity in Today's Classrooms, Dr. Obiakor uses pertinent stories/cases that expose real life experiences in individuals and questions what it means to be a truly good school. His stories/cases vividly and painstakingly note the slow progress in systemic changes designed to address the issues of diversity and exceptionality. Essentially, he describes current practices in schools where students are misidentified, misassessed, mislabeled, miscategorized, misplaced, and misinstructed. As he points out, fairness, equity, appropriate treatment, and quality are scarce virtues in today's supposed 'good' schools. Dr. Obiakor advances the pivotal argument that 'good' schools ought to be learning communities and places where the potential of all students are maximized. In such communities, education takes on a holistic approach by considering each student's academic, social, emotional, and cultural needs. He continues the argument that goodness is defined by how a 'good' school addresses 'diversity'. Indeed, in this book, he advocates the no-one size fits all technique because of intra- and inter individual differences in students. We find this book to be a great contribution to the field. It details current classroom practices by all educators, and simultaneously calls for a change. This text has several unique qualities and stengths. It is not only an insightful text but also an eye opener with vivid comments, stories/cases, and practical solutions to issues/problems created by diversity. Dr. Obiakor suggests four basic operational dimensions that must characterize the 21st century dream school for the 'good' school phenomenon to be a reality. The 'good' school must function with a comprehenisve support model, be a learning community, a place to master the craft of teaching, and foster a multidimensional teaching and learning process. In addition, the 'good' school must not be defined puritanically. Such schools must embrace diversity in all programs and respond to changes in pedagogical methods. In our opinion, perhaps, what is most interesting and enlightening is Dr. Obiakor's use of his personal experiences, events, and that of other real people to capture the essence of the 'good' school phenomenon. This easy to read text can be used by all education programs desiring to respond to cultural diversity in this century. This will be a great addition to personal, public, private, and/or agency libraries.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    A must for education administrators, students, & teachers.

    Dr. Festus Obiakor has taken previous research and writings of many of the top authorities in the field of education and addressed the problems of the past and the hope of the future within the education paradigm. He examines the cultural and racial impact of previous applications of programing within primary and secondary schools. He addresses teacher effective communication skills when interacting with all children of multiple racial groups, although he does not force this on teachers by calling it 'Communications 101.' Possibly the greatest and most impressive aspect of this book is that Dr. Obiakor does not only point out the past, and some present, problems in education, but he introduces helpful suggestions in responding to these problems. This is a unique quality of this book. Dr. Obiakor introduces various real cases to emphasize various concepts and situations that can no longer be tolerated. Then he approaches each situation with suggestions to address similar problems that may arise or presently exist at a particular school. This is a powerful resource that should be on every administrator's and teacher's reading list. With these types of resources becoming available, the 'Blame Game' is slowly being discovered as that monster preventing needed change in American education. Another thought while reading this book is Dr. Obiakor's unique and progressive paradigm shift from 'thinking in the box' to 'thinking outside the box.' This is an important approach when addressing many of the problems that exist in public and private education. In other words, if the system is broke fix it! It is obvious that the approaches in yesteryear are no longer the way of the present and future. In closing I think it is important to point out that this book focuses on the children. These children are from various cultures and racial groups and as such view the world differently. These differences are not so unique that the basic needs in life are unique in themselves, such as, need for interaction with parents, a show of love and affection by significant adults, clothing, food, a 'home,' a sense of security, etc. Rather, these differences are unique in the way they view authority, systems, and generally the world around them. Dr. Obiakor does an excellent job of addressing these later differences. My recommendation is that schools of education, teachers, education administrators, and individuals that interact with children as part of their profession should have this book, and review this book on a need basis. This is an invaluable resource.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)