Understanding Human Differences Multicultural Education for a Diverse America, Enhanced Pearson eText - Access Card

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  • Copyright: 2016-01-05
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This well-written, accessible, widely popular resource uses a stimulating inquiry approach to engage readers in discussion and debate around the most critical issues of diversity in America. Grounded in research from behavioral and social sciences–including education, psychology, history, sociology, biology, anthropology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies–the book uses the question and answer format to bring real meaning and understanding to the topics. 


The book’s conceptual framework focuses on culture, the individual, and institutions. The first section examines individual concerns, the second section describes the cultural/historical context, and the third section explores racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism by addressing all three areas such as historical biases based on cultural norms, individual prejudices based on myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes about diverse groups, and how institutional discrimination advantages dominant group members and disadvantages oppressed groups. The last section focuses on changes already achieved or that need to be implemented in schools and other areas of society to create a more just society. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded videos and assessments.


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Author Biography

Kent L. Koppelman is the author and editor of several books in the field of multicultural issues and diversity, among them Values in the Key of Life (Baywood Publishing, 2000), a book of essays on diversity and moral issues; Understanding Human Differences (Pearson, 2005); and The Great Diversity Debate (Teachers College Press, 2012). Dr. Koppelman is professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse.

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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