Pathways to Cultural Awareness: Cultural Therapy With Teachers and Students

Pathways to Cultural Awareness: Cultural Therapy With Teachers and Students

by George Spindler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803961081

ISBN-13: 9780803961081

Pub. Date: 12/14/1993

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In most metropolitan centers, the ethnicity of public schools is no longer dominantly European American. In fact, within 25 years, this ethnic group will no longer be the majority nationally. Given this, it should come as no surprise that many teachers are effectively teaching only a minority of their students - who often are not even the "minority students"! Pathways…  See more details below

Overview

In most metropolitan centers, the ethnicity of public schools is no longer dominantly European American. In fact, within 25 years, this ethnic group will no longer be the majority nationally. Given this, it should come as no surprise that many teachers are effectively teaching only a minority of their students - who often are not even the "minority students"! Pathways to Cultural Awareness is for teachers and student teachers, as well as others who work in the increasingly diverse world of education. George and Louise Spindler show that cultural therapy helps both instructors and students cope with cultural diversity. Cultural therapy predicts that when teachers better understand themselves as teachers, they will teach others better, especially those unlike themselves in ethnicity, social class, and culture. Likewise, if students understand themselves and their situations better, they can learn with less rancor and resistance. The Spindlers write that teachers and students are "cultural agents." They bring to school preconceptions, assumptions, and habits acquired by experience that is gained from interaction with parents, peers, the mass media, and a host of others. Cultural therapy, as the authors believe, can not only help some schools, some classrooms, some individuals, but it is also an important way to help "heal" America. This is an engaging, thought-provoking, and useful book with an important and powerful message.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803961081
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/14/1993
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1What Is Cultural Therapy?1
2Looking Across Borders: Students' Investigations of Family, Peer, and School Worlds as Cultural Therapy35
3Players Along the Margin: Diversity and Adaptation in a Lower Track Classroom61
4Studying an Accelerated School: Schoolwide Cultural Therapy93
5Students' Situated Selves: Ethnographic Interviewing as Cultural Therapy131
6Working With School Staff: "Reflective Cultural Analysis" in Groups169
7Training Hmong Refugee Students: Chicano Anthropologist as Cultural Therapist197
8Working on Cultural Issues With Students: A Counseling Psychologist's Perspective221
9Crossing Borders Electronically: Mentoring Students via E-Mail247
10Youths in an Intensive At-Risk Program: A Critical Look at Cultural Therapy285
Conclusion: Reflecting on Applications of Cultural Therapy323
Author Index328
Subject Index332

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