Affirming Diversity : The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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In this revision of her best-selling text, author Sonia Nieto explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds. The text looks at how personal, social, political, cultural, and educational factors affect the success or failure of students in today's classroom. Expanding upon the popular case-study approach, the fourth edition examines the lives of 18 real students who are affected by multicultural education, or a lack of it. Social justice is firmly embedded in this view of multicultural education, and teachers are encouraged to work for social change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Author Biography

Sonia Nieto is currently Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Table of Contents




1. Why the Case Study Approach?

2. About Terminology.

3. Racism, Discrimination, and Expectations of Students' Achievement.

4. Structural and Organizational Issues in Schools.

5. Culture, Identity, and Learning.

6. Linguistic Diversity in U.S. Classrooms.

7. Toward an Understanding of School Achievement.

8. Learning from Students.

9. Multicultural Education and School Reform.

10. Affirming Diversity: Implications for Teachers, Schools, and Families.

11. Multicultural Education in Practice.






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