A best-selling text for introducing readers to issues of diversity in U.S. society and education, Understanding Human Differences hones in on the study of diversity in 21st Century America while presenting historical perspectives and background. The text’s clear conceptual framework for teaching about diversity grounded in interdisciplinary research from the social sciences including education, sociology, biology, history, etc. successfully prepares both education and non-education majors to engage in discussions about diversity in America..
The popular inquiry format of this text encourages readers to discuss and debate topics, so they gain a deeper understanding of the issues addressed within each chapter. The author looks at all of the "isms" of U.S. society (sexism, classism, racism, etc.) through three overlapping lenses: the individual, institutions, and culture. Its strong historical perspective and balance of theory and application not only prepares pre-service teachers to be more accepting and successful working with diverse students in their classrooms, but also prepares students in other fields to be more sensitive to the issues affecting the diverse individuals they will meet and work with throughout their lives.
New to This Edition
NEW!Discussion of culturally relevant teaching in U.S. classrooms helps teacher education students understand this innovative educational approach (ch. 13).
NEW! Discussion of ageism calls attention to such issues as elder abuse and teenage unemployment (Ch. 11).
NEW!Expanded discussion of Muslim stereotypes clarifies the nature of these stereotypes and how they are presented in popular culture (Chs. 2 and 6)
NEW!Updated content on anti-immigrant attitudes in the United States, especially toward undocumented workers, including examining research that contradicts common but misinformed perceptions of recent immigration (Ch. 4).
NEW! Extensive updates on the growth and the benefits of linguistic diversity in the U.S. (Ch. 4)
NEW! Revised section on institutional racism in politics to reflect the election of President Barack Obama, with discussion of recent changes and the problems that yet remain (Ch. 8).
NEW! Discussion of disability culture and Deaf culture (Ch. 12).
NEW! Expanded discussion of education for children and youth with disabilities (Ch. 12).
NEW! References to brand new assignments and activities on new MyEducationLab for Multicultural Education website.
In 2000, Dr. Koppelman published Values in the Key ofLife, a book of essays on diversity and moral issues. Understanding Human Differences was first published in 2005. He is currently working on an anthology for Pearson addressing diversity issues. Dr. Koppelman is a professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse.
Section I: Individual Attitudes and Interpersonal Relations
1. Understanding Ourselves and Others: Clarifying Values and Language
2. Understanding Prejudice and Its Causes
3. Communication, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
Section II: Cultural Foundations of Oppression in the United States
4. Immigrants and Oppressions: The Assault on Cultural and Language Diversity
5. Race and Oppression: The Experiences of People of Color in America
6. Religion and Oppression: The Struggle for Religious Freedom
7. rejecting Oppressive Relationships: The Logic of Cultural Pluralism for a Diverse Society
Section III: Contemporary Dilemmas for Intergroup Relations
8. Racism: Confronting a Legacy of White Domination of America
9. Sexism: Where the Personal Becomes Political
10. Heterosexism: Transforming Homosexuality from Deviant to Different
11. Classism: Misperceptions and Myths about Income, Wealth, and Poverty
12. Ableism: Disability Does Not Mean Inability
Section IV: The Challenge of Diversity to American Institutions
13. Pluralism in Schools: The Promise of Multicultural Education
14. Pluralism in Society: Creating Unity in a Diverse America