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Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America / Edition 4

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In Understanding Human Differences,readers are introduced to sound research grounded in various behavioral and social sciences while featuring a stimulating inquiry approach to support reflection on issues of critical importance in multicultural education in today’s diverse society. The conceptual framework of the book focuses on three areas: culture, the individual, and institutions. Readers are encouraged to examine individual concerns; understand the cultural/historical contexts; and explore such areas as racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism. Included is a focus on changes already achieved or that need to be implemented in schools and other areas of society to create a more just society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132824897
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/6/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 83,924
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent L. Koppelman is the author of well-received books on diversity, among them

Values in the Key of Life (2000), a book of essays on diversity and moral issues; Understanding Human Differences (first published in 2005); and The Great Diversity Debate (2012). Dr. Koppelman edited an anthology of readings on diversity published in 2011 by Allyn & Bacon entitled Perspectives on Human Differences. Dr. Koppelman is professor emeritus at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Individual Attitudes and Interpersonal Relations

Chapter 1 Understanding Ourselves and Others: Clarifying Values and Language

Chapter 2 Understanding Prejudice and Its Causes

Chapter 3 Communication, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution

Section 2: Cultural Foundations of Oppression in the United States

Chapter 4 Immigration and Oppression: The Assault on Cultural and Language Diversity

Chapter 5 Race and Oppression: The Experiences of People of Color in America

Chapter 6 Religion and Oppression: The Struggle for Religious Freedom

Chapter 7 Rejecting Oppressive Relationships: The Logic of Cultural Pluralism for a Diverse Society

Section 3: Contemporary Dilemmas for Intergroup Relations

Chapter 8 Racism: Confronting a Legacy of White Domination in America

Chapter 9 Classism: Misperceptions and Myths About Income, Wealth, and Poverty

Chapter 10 Sexism: Where the Personal Becomes Political

Chapter 11 Heterosexism: Transforming Homosexuality from Deviant to Different

Chapter 12 Ableism: Disability Does Not Mean Inability

Section 4: The Challenge of Diversity to American Institutions

Chapter 13 Pluralism in Schools: The Promise of Multicultural Education

Chapter 14 Pluralism in Society: Creating Unity in a Diverse America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Best book on diversity issues that I have used in the classroom.

    Best book on diversity issues that I have used in the classroom. The writing is engaging but still easily understood for students. Covers all kinds of diversity issues with lots of data and research to support conclusions.
    I gotta wonder if the two one star reviews are bigots, frankly. They don't even have the intelligence to explain why they don't like the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Very accessible book on all facets of diversity. Many interesti

    Very accessible book on all facets of diversity. Many interesting insights. Skips the jargon and presents the data in an understandable way. I'm wondering what the two 1 star anonymous reviews are - I don't think they read the same book I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Understanding Human Differences

    Easy read. Great historical view of bias that shape our world.

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