Higher Education

Diversity Matters: Understanding Diversity in Schools, 2nd Edition

  • Lynn Kell Spradlin West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-10: 1111341672  |  ISBN-13: 9781111341671
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

Today's educators experience diversity challenges within their curricula, schools, and school systems on a daily basis--yet most lack the knowledge to turn those challenges into positive outcomes that enrich learning and establish strong, inclusive learning communities. DIVERSITY MATTERS, Second Edition, offers proven, research-based strategies that will help teachers successfully navigate intercultural interactions to better meet the needs of all students. Designed to engage readers both intellectually and emotionally in the study of cultural diversity, the book includes current research and diverse case studies to help educators understand marginalization and its effect on academic achievement--and apply practical strategies to ensure that all students actively contribute to their own learning.

Features and Benefits

  • DIVERSITY MATTERS utilizes extensive autobiographical case narratives--which describe worldviews, circumstances, and concerns--to enrich students' exposure to various cultural groups, and give them a deeper understanding of each group and how different cultural issues may affect classroom outcomes.
  • In-text activities (e.g., Point of Reflection exercises) invite students to actively identify the cultural imprints that have affected their cultural selves as they explore their academic, racial, sexual, ethnic, gender, and class roots. By becoming more self-aware, each student develops a better understanding of the ways that cultural background influences one's approach to life and how his or her personal approach may differ from that of others. This heightened awareness helps students be more open to considering information that may conflict with their own worldview.
  • The text prepares students to create personal action plans that will help them effect equitable and culturally enriched learning environments for all their students.
  • Classroom Application Activities accompany the autobiographical case studies to help students further develop their understanding of diversity in the U.S. and how it affects students' outcome.
  • Field Experience Activities encourage application of specific theoretical constructs and models to use within school settings.

Table of Contents

PART I: SOCIAL CONTEXT OF U.S. SCHOOLING: MINORITY EXPERIENCE.
1. Minority Status and Marginalization.
2. Power, Disparity, and Expectations Collide: Minority Family Attitudes, Academic Expectations, and Treatment in Schools.
3. School Climate: Effects on Minority Student Achievement and Socio-emotional Adjustment.
4. Teaching: Power to Influence.
PART II: MINORITY VOICES: NARRATIVES FOR GAINING CULTURAL INSIGHT.
5. Learning from Native American Stories.
6. Learning from Asian American Stories.
7. Learning from Latino/a Stories.
8. Learning from African American Stories.
9. Learning from Poor and Working Class Stories.
10. Learning from Girls' and Women's Stories.
11. Learning from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals' Stories.
12. Learning from Stories of People with Disabilities.
PART III: PROMOTING CHANGE AND ACHIEVEMENT.
13. Understanding the Achievement Gap between Minority and Dominant Culture Students: Stratification Effects
14. Transforming Knowledge: A Primary Form of Teacher Advocacy.
15. Moving from Knower to Doer: Advocacy for Educators.
Index.

What's New

  • New! Many new personal narratives illuminate an even wider range of members within each cultural group explored in the text.
  • New! Diversity education concepts of high relevance to educators have been added, including self-fulfilling prophesy, student resistance to diversity education, cultural lenses, Maslow's hierarchy on needs as it relates to school climate, cultural consciousness, pedagogical content knowledge, the digital divide, middle class myths, effects of the sexual objectification of women and girls, hate language in schools, universal design, ally characteristics, and deculturalization.
  • New! Population statistics for cultural groups, Web links, diversity research, and more connections to popular culture are updated throughout the text.
  • New! New Questions for Review at the end of each chapter help readers assess their grasp of the material.
  • New! Updated end-of-chapter resources include Connections on the Web, enrichment resources, and references.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111722285 | ISBN-13: 9781111722289)

Today's educators experience diversity challenges within their curricula, schools, and school systems on a daily basis--yet most lack the knowledge to turn those challenges into positive outcomes that enrich learning and establish strong, inclusive learning communities. DIVERSITY MATTERS, Second Edition, offers proven, research-based strategies that will help teachers successfully navigate intercultural interactions to better meet the needs of all students. Designed to engage readers both intellectually and emotionally in the study of cultural diversity, the book includes current research and diverse case studies to help educators understand marginalization and its effect on academic achievement--and apply practical strategies to ensure that all students actively contribute to their own learning.

Student Supplements

Education Media Library, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133175279 | ISBN-13: 9781133175278)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lynn Kell Spradlin

: Dr. Spradlin serves as the Adron Doran Distinguished Professor for Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Morehead State University. She teaches counselor and teacher education courses in the Foundational and Graduate Education Department and coordinates a partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools. In this position she also works with the College of Education Leadership Team to advance the unit's diversity education goals in addressing national accreditation standards. She is a certified high school English, theatre, and speech teacher; a certified school counselor; and a licensed professional counselor. In addition, Dr. Spradlin has published extensively in the field of diversity education. Her many national and regional diversity presentations, school consultations, and collaborations with school districts and universities across the country widen her perspective and bring relevance and practicality to her work.