Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives for a New Century, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Distinguished multiculturalist Sonia Nieto speaks directly to current and future teachers in this thoughtful integration of a selection of her key writings with creative pedagogical features. Offering information, insights, and motivation to teach students of diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds, this text is intended for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level students and professional development courses.

Examples are included throughout to illustrate real-life dilemmas about diversity that teachers face in their own classrooms; ideas about how language, culture, and teaching are linked; and ways to engage with these ideas through reflection and collaborative inquiry. Each chapter includes critical questions; classroom activities; and community activities suggesting projects beyond the classroom context.

Over half of the chapters are new to this edition, bringing it up-to-date in terms of recent educational policy issues and demographic changes in our society.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is noteworthy in that through theory-grounded discussions and a few evidential narratives, it consistently encourages the readers to imagine and create an equitable reality, taking a proactive approach in social betterment instead of letting status quo paralyze us."—Education Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415999748
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/27/2009
  • Series: Language, Culture, and Teaching Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 196,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Language, Literacy, and Culture: Intersections and Implications

Part I: Setting the Groundwork

Chapter 1: What is the Purpose of Schools? Reflections on Education in an Age of Functionalism

Chapter 2: The Limitations of Labels

Chapter 3: Understanding Multicultural Education in a Sociopolitical Context (with Patty Bode)

Chapter 4: Multicultural Education and School Reform (with Patty Bode)

Chapter 5: Public Education in the Twentieth Century and Beyond: High Hopes, Broken Promises, and an Uncertain Future

Chapter 6: We Speak in Many Tongues: Language Diversity and Multicultural Education

Part II: Identity and Belonging

Chapter 7: Culture and Learning

Chapter 8: Lessons from Students on Creating a Chance to Dream

Chapter 9: Beyond Categories: The Complex Identities of Adolescents (with John Raible)

Part III: Becoming Critical Teachers

Chapter 10: Profoundly Multicultural Questions

Chapter 11: Solidarity, Courage, and Heart: Learning from a New Generation of Teachers

Part IV: Praxis in the Classroom

Chapter 12: Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Education

Chapter 13: Nice is Not Enough: Defining Caring for Students of Color

Chapter 14: What Does it Mean to Affirm Diversity in Our Nation’s Schools?


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