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Books

Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.M. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of research on multicultural education (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0787959154

This landmark title is divided into twelve sections and 49 chapters that highlight the complexity of current perspectives on multicultural education and issues. With twenty-nine chapters updated and twenty new chapters added to reflect current developments, topics such as access and achievement in math. and science, understanding multiracial families, trends and developments, and language issues are discussed. The various chapters are written by distinguished scholars who reflect a range of disciplines and provide reviews of research and scholarship in their various fields. 2004 Choice Outstanding Title; Listed in RCL: Resources for College Libraries, 2007; Winner of 1997 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award, NAME (lst ed.)


Banks, J.A. (2003). Teaching strategies for ethnic studies (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 0205337201

First published in 1975, this current edition of a classic textbook introduces the rationale, trends, the how to, and key concepts in order to establish a quality multicultural curriculum. The remaining chapters provide a history of various ethnic groups and describe concepts, knowledge, and resources needed in order to teach about these groups in the classroom. Teaching strategies geared for primary, middle school, and high school grades along with discussion questions are included. An annotated bibliography of resources for teachers as well as a separate list for students is appended to each chapter on an individual ethnic group. A chronology of key events in U.S. History, selected internet resources on ethnic and cultural diversity, and a list of useful videotapes and cd-roms are found in the appendix. Miller-Lachmann, L. (2003). [Review of the book]. Multicultural Review, 12(1), 23 .


Delpit, L.D. (2006). Other people's children: Cultural conflict in the classroom (Rev. ed.). New York: New Press. ISBN: 1595580743

This award winning title which has been selected by Choice Magazine as an outstanding academic book and voted a Teacher Magazine “great book” is written by Lisa Delpit, a MacArthur fellow and educator. This anniversary paperback edition includes a new introduction by the author as well as an afterward by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne. This resource puts race and difference in the center, legitimating the right of educators to think about them and to be affirming as a result. It tells us that if we can learn to question our assumptions, we will have an opportunity to make a difference. She describes how cultural differences in communication styles can lead to conflict and how to address this by valuing the home culture of students while still preparing them to succeed in the majority culture. The author also states that language can create barriers between teachers and students particularly when English is not that of the majority student population. However, this usage doesn't negatively influence their ability to read. Therefore, teachers should build on the foundation of what students know so that they can transition to “Proper English ”. Listed in RCL: Resources for College Libraries, 2007.


Derman Sparks, L., Ramsey, P.G., & Edwards, J.O. (2006). What if all the kids are white?: Anti-bias multicultural education with young children and families. New York: Teachers College Press. ISBN: 0807746770

These knowledgeable writers who are experts on multiculturalism and early childhood education address the question of how to “teach about cultural diversity in all-white classrooms”. They argue that early childhood is a pivotal time in children's development as it is the time where they begin to develop lifelong beliefs. In addition, it is an opportune time to educate parents about racism and build skills to help their family prosper in a multicultural world. The title covers topics such as strategies and resources while also including classroom examples centering on 7 learning themes. A list of children's books and curriculum resources as well as recommended organizations and web sites are included. Miller-Lachmann, L. (2006). [Review of the book]. Multicultural Review, 15 (4), 20; Bolgatz, J. (2006, August 7). [Review of the book]. Teacher's College Record, ID number 12647. Retrieved April 7, 2007, fromhttp://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=12647



Gorski, P.C. (2005). Multicultural education and the internet ( 2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0073011436

Although Dr. Gorski shares his expertise in the area of multicultural education, he notes that the use of the internet doesn't automatically ensure an improvement of teaching and learning nor result in an engaging multicultural curriculum. However, he does provide a lengthy list of websites with descriptions to aid K-12 teachers in their goal of integrating multicultural themes into their classroom. He explores every type of internet tool in order to expand a teacher's resource base. Although this isn't meant to be a complete listing, the book is an expedient time-saver. Chang, H. (2006, Spring) [Review of the book] . Electronic Magazine of Multicultral Education, 8, Retrieved March 1, 2007, from http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme/2006spring/book_reviews.html



Kugler, E.G. (2002). Debunking the middle-class myth: Why diverse schools are good for all kids. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow. ISBN: 0810845121

Eileen Kugler, a parent and advocate for diverse schools, provides a needed voice to the discussion on the value and successes of quality diverse schools. Although the emphasis is on Annandale High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, she also describes other well-run diverse schools throughout the nation such as those in Maryland, California and Colorado. In addition, she identifies and confronts seven myths that prevent parents from enrolling their children in diverse schools. Finally, she stresses that quality diverse schools will better prepare our children to participate in a global economy and an expanding ethnically-rich American population. Winner of 2003 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award, NAME; 2003 Book of the Year, Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society; 2003 Choice Outstanding Academic Title


Paley, V.G. (2000). White teacher. Boston: Harvard University Press. ISBN: 0674002733

This is an updated version of a thought provoking title originally published in 1979. In it, the author, a Jewish white kindergarten teacher, selects events that occurred in her integrated classroom at the University of Chicago laboratory school to highlight her errors of judgement and unsuspected prejudice through her own journey of discovery. When black parents accused her of treating her black students differently from her white students, Ms. Paley was stunned. Yet, in her racially mixed classroom, she also observed the black girl who wanted to look like a blonde character from a story book and a white student who was hurt when his best friend preferred another black. From these experiences, she helped her students' value differences while she, as the teacher, expanded her own perspective. Listed in RCL: Resources for College Libraries, 2007; Klein, R. (2000, April 14). Book of the week. Times Educational Supplement, p.22 .


Tiedt, P.L. (2005). Multicultural teaching: A handbook of activities, information, and resources (7 th ed.). Boston: Pearson ISBN: 0205451179

This updated edition is geared for pre-service and K-8 classroom teachers and integrates theory with learning activities that span the various curriculum areas. The initial chapters provide a framework for multicultural education. Part II includes thematic units on families, the neighborhood, Native Americans, community and friendship, naming practices around the world, and women: searching for equity. Additionally, there is a chapter on learning about Latinos and another on immigration. Separate chapters on specific curriculum areas include teaching language arts and reading, mathematics and science, performing arts, and social studies; all from the multicultural perspective. A section titled “Growing a professional library” concludes each chapter and lists helpful resources. Part III discusses additional multicultural topics and issues such as the achievement gap, language as a key component of multicultural education, and continued professional growth .Listed in RCL: Resources for College Libraries, 2007.

 

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