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Multicultural Education as Social Activism
     

Multicultural Education as Social Activism

by Christine E. Sleeter
 

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This book interweaves a strong theoretical framework with accounts of one's journey to understanding race, gender, and class and their influence upon identity, personal experiences, and reflections on one's own teaching as well as others.

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This book interweaves a strong theoretical framework with accounts of one's journey to understanding race, gender, and class and their influence upon identity, personal experiences, and reflections on one's own teaching as well as others.

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Argues that multicultural education was born in political struggle and cannot be properly understood or practiced if it is severed from its roots, as many white educators are now doing to try to save programs from the scythe of conservatives. Explores what multicultural education means to white people, taking a feminist perspective while remembering that white women are privileged in defining gender issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“If it is true that race is rarely a topic of deep discussion among the majority of preservice students and education professionals, then Sleeter’s honest personal narrative should help stimulate the dialogue …This volume takes the discussion away from sterile academic discourse and into the not-always-pretty world of real social action and change.” —Anthropology and Education Quarterly

“This book interweaves a strong theoretical framework with accounts of one’s journey to understanding race, gender, and class and their influence upon identity, personal experiences, and reflections on one’s own teaching as well as others. The book situates contemporary debates about multiculturalism in the U.S. within a larger international context of English-speaking countries, confronting difference. The author links theory to practice and discusses successes as well as frustrations in teaching multiculturalism as a social movement. She also critiques conservative and liberal approaches and problematizes radical critics in their dismissiveness. I found this book groundbreaking, thought provoking, and insightful regarding the personal, the political, and the pedagogical engagement in multicultural education.” — Sandra Jackson, DePaul University

“My understanding and appreciation of multicultural education as a broad, emancipative orientation toward schooling has been substantially expanded. Christine Sleeter unflinchingly addresses some of the most important issues in our society and in our schools.” — Jim Scheurich, University of Texas–Austin

"Multicultural Education as Social Activism is a vivid and rigorous inquiry and analysis of and about multicultural education. As author, Christine Sleeter also holds herself accountable for her own location derived from her racial, gender, and class positioning. From this point, her critique of conservative critics, education practitioners, and others who would employ (or dismiss) multicultural education possesses significant validity, i.e., she does not remove herself from the benefits of racism and class status as do so many (virtually all) of the critics of multicultural education." — Carl Allsup, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438420264
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
498 KB

Meet the Author

Christine E. Sleeter is Professor and Planning Faculty Member at California State University–Monterey Bay. She is co-editor (with Peter L. McLaren) of Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy, and the Politics of Difference and (with Joseph M. Larkin) Developing Multicultural Teacher Education Curricula; and editor of Empowerment through Multicultural Education, all published by SUNY Press. She is co-author (with C.A. Grant) of Turning on Learning; Making Choices for Multicultural Education: Five Approaches to Race, Class and Gender; and After the School Bell Rings; and author of Keepers of the American Dream: Multicultural Education and Staff Development.

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