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“I spend considerable time with the cases in Bridging Multiple Worlds. I appreciate the time the authors dedicate to explaining the importance of using cases [for education].” —Michaela Colombo, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
“[Taylor and Whittaker] have done a thorough job of addressing all the definitions of multicultural education and the multitude of theories around it.” —Dr. Joy Wiggins, University of Texas–Arlington
Informative and accessible, Bridging Multiple Worlds combines foundational chapters with real-world cases involving staff, students, and families in various school settings to promote thought and discussion about all facets of diversity—race, immigration, class, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, and exceptionality. Employing a decision-making scaffold, Taylor and Whittaker emphasize long-term, comprehensive solutions that promote school, home, and community cooperation and guide future teachers, counselors, service providers, and administrators toward an understanding of the complexity of school and community diversity issues.
New to this Edition:
- Up-to-date research is included on immigration, white privilege, bilingual education, and family involvement and achievement.
- A brand new Instructor’s Resource Manual provides background on using the case approach in class and cites supplemental resources.
- A new chapter on sexual orientation includes a fresh case that deals with issues facing gay teachers.
- The revised gender chapter features a brand new case incorporating recent research on boys and education.
- A new case in the religion chapter addresses the extent to which changes in public school policy can or should be made to accommodate religious practice.
- The revised chapter on poverty and socioeconomic class includes a new case about homeless children and families.
Table of contents
The Meaning of Diversity
Author’s Statement of Philosophy
Use of Terminology Related to Diversity
I. Diversity in the United States
1. The Changing Pattern of Immigration
Assimilation and Acculturation
Demographic Changes in the Schools
2. The Current State of Education for Diverse Students in the United States
The Educational Progress of Diverse Learners
Preparation of Teachers for Diverse Learners
3. Building Partnerships with Diverse Family and Communities
Family Involvement in the Schools
Characteristics of Families
The Family System
Culturally Diverse Families
The School-Family-Community Partnership
II. A Case for Cases
4. The Development and Use of Cases in Teacher Education
What is a Teaching Case?
Why Are Case Discussions Valuable?
How Do Participants Analyze a Case?
How Do Participants Discuss a Case?
5. Putting it All Together: Analyzing and Discussing a Case
Issues Regarding Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families
The Case of Jesus Gonzalez
Using the Case Decision-Making Scaffold
Follow-Up on Jesus Gonzalez
III. Case Studies in Diversity
6. Race and Ethnicity
Currents Concepts of Race
Race and Ethnic Identity
The Case of Jim Peterson
The Case of Lisa Golden
7. Culture and Language
Definition of Culture
Definition of Language
Cultural and Linguistic Difference
Implications for Education
Native American Mascots
The Case of the Onteora Indian
The Case of Fome Qureshi
8. Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Expectations and Realities
Impact of Poverty on School-Aged Children
State and Federal Provisions
What Can Schools Do?
The Case of Maria Ramirez
The Case of Sue Wi
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