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Perspectives on Human Differences Selected Readings on Diversity in America



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This engaging anthology of essays and short stories explores importantand sometimes provocativeissues of human diversity from multiple perspectives. Perspectives on Diversity: Selected Readingsoffers accessible readings from unique personal voices, many of which relate specifically to the concerns of teachers. With its varied contributorsincluding teachers, scientists, fiction writers, feminists, journalists, historians, sociologists, teacher educators, psychologists, linguists, and community organizers (including one who was elected President of the United States)this book emphasizes hopeful and practical strategies for addressing challenging issues. Preservice and inservice teachers.

Author Biography

Kent Koppelman is the author of Understanding Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America and Values in the Key of Life. After retiring in 2007, he received an award from Iowa State University for his career achievements. Kent is currently working on a book on American attitudes toward diversity and pluralism. 

Table of Contents


Section 1:  Differences, Conflicts and Resolutions                                                         

Section 2:  The Construction of Personal Identity in a Diverse Society               

Section 3:  Perspectives on the Immigrant Experience and Nativism                               

Section 4:  Challenges for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse People                

Section 5:  Perspectives on Religious Diversity and Intolerance                          

Section 6:  Perspectives on Race and Confronting Racism                                            

Section 7:  Perspectives on Classism and its Consequences                                          

Section 8:  People with Disabilities: Facing Barriers, Finding Allies                    

Section 9:  Perspectives on Sex Role Stereotypes and Sexism                          

Section 10:  Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Heterosexism                                

Section 11:  Multicultural Education in American Schools                                              

Section 12:  Pluralistic Responses to the Diversity of American Society 

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