Teaching for Diversity

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-11
  • Publisher: Solution Tree

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In Teaching for Diversity (Third Edition), Ricardo Garcia argues that increasing student diversity in classrooms across North America places two imperatives on educators: they must learn effective strategies for teaching diverse groups of students, and they must integrate skills for accepting and thriving in diverse groups into their teaching. He moves from a broad overview of the history of schooling and attitudes toward diversity in education to a specific treatment of today┐s schools┐ needs and objectives. This resource employs both theory and concrete examples to construct a vision of schools as the foundation for an inclusive, democratic society.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xi
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What Is an American?p. 5
Who Should Be American?p. 7
Americans All!p. 10
Diversity in a Free Societyp. 15
Shifting Demographics of Immigrationp. 15
Unifying Beliefsp. 17
Equalityp. 18
Out of Many, Onep. 18
Mutual Respectp. 19
Religious Diversityp. 20
The Road to the First Amendmentp. 20
The State of Religious Pluralismp. 21
Religion in Early American Educationp. 24
Religion in Education in the Modern Erap. 26
Respecting Religious Diversity in Educationp. 26
Conclusionp. 29
Universal Education for a Free Societyp. 35
Education for Democracyp. 35
Education for Freedomp. 38
Developing Viable Individualsp. 40
John Deweyp. 41
W. E. B. Du Boisp. 42
George I. Sanchezp. 42
Jane Addamsp. 44
Goals of Universal Educationp. 46
Learning Autonomyp. 47
Intellectual Effectivenessp. 47
Cultural Efficacyp. 47
Conclusionp. 48
Honoring Culture and Self-Identityp. 51
Family Culturep. 51
Race and Ethnicityp. 55
Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientationp. 56
English Language Proficiencyp. 60
Learning Style Preferencesp. 64
Supporting Student Identityp. 67
Reducing Prejudicep. 71
Cultural Lenses on Differencep. 71
Origins of Prejudicep. 76
Prejudice Reduction Theoriesp. 79
Contact Thesisp. 79
Education Thesisp. 80
Proactive Approaches to Culture in Educationp. 82
Understanding the Achievement Gapp. 87
The Impact of Povertyp. 87
The Impact of Race and Ethnicityp. 92
Cognitive Deficitp. 94
Environmental Deficitp. 95
Unequal Access to Knowledgep. 96
Cultural Incompatibilityp. 96
The Impact of English Language Proficiencyp. 97
Gamesp. 100
Role Playingp. 100
Debatingp. 101
Practicep. 101
The Impact of Genderp. 102
The Impact of Sexual Orientationp. 104
Providing Equal Educational Opportunitiesp. 106
Safetyp. 107
Equal Accessp. 108
Equal Benefitp. 108
Teacher as Learning-EnabSerp. 113
Changing Role of the Teacherp. 113
Constructivist vs. Naturalistic Teachingp. 115
Fusion of Teaching Rolesp. 117
Maria Montessorip. 118
John Deweyp. 118
Paulo Freirep. 119
Linking Goals and Instructional Strategiesp. 123
Learning Autonomy via Self-Disciplinep. 123
Set Realistic Goals and Standardsp. 125
Direct Behavior Toward Achievementp. 125
Assess Achievement and Adjust Directionp. 125
Redirect Goals Based on Achievementp. 126
Intellectual Effectiveness via Critical Thinkingp. 127
Use the Three-Question Methodp. 128
Teach Epistemologiesp. 130
Teach Pitfalls of Critical Thinking to Avoidp. 131
Cultural Efficacy via Cross-Cultural Interactionp. 132
Exposure and Cooperationp. 133
Language Studyp. 134
Cultural Interaction Through the Internetp. 134
Conclusionp. 135
Developing Curricula for Diversityp. 139
What Is a Curriculum?p. 139
Understanding How Knowledge Is Constructedp. 141
Teaching About Culturep. 144
Using Ethnic Studiesp. 148
A Dynamic Naturep. 149
A System of Values and Beliefsp. 150
Intragroup Diversityp. 150
Intergroup Similarityp. 151
Selecting Curriculum Materialsp. 151
Fostering Student-Created Curriculap. 154
Involving Parents and Others in the Curriculump. 156
Building Community in Diverse Classroomsp. 163
Socialization and Diversityp. 163
A 21st Century Global Villagep. 165
Common Purposep. 165
Stabilityp. 166
Cooperationp. 166
Independence and Interdependencep. 167
Building a Classroom Communityp. 168
Building Trust Among Studentsp. 169
Building Trust With Parentsp. 171
Pursuing Self-Interests and the Common Goodp. 172
Behaving Independently and Interdependentlyp. 173
Practicing Individual Rights and Respecting Othersp. 174
The Teacher's Learning Communityp. 174
Schools as Village Commonsp. 175
Conclusionp. 178
References and Resourcesp. 185
Indexp. 193
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