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Cultural Competence: A Primer for Educators, 2nd Edition

  • Jean Moule Oregon State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495915297  |  ISBN-13: 9780495915294
  • 384 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
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CULTURAL COMPETENCE: A PRIMER FOR EDUCATORS, 2nd Edition, covers the basics of multicultural education, making it easy for instructors to assign as a main text or use in conjunction with other books. The author gives special attention to the psycho-social dimensions of teaching culturally diverse populations.

Features and Benefits

  • CULTURAL COMPETENCE: A PRIMER FOR TEACHERS focuses on the development of cultural competence, which entails a combination of awareness and sensitivity, various bodies of knowledge, and a set of skills that underlie effective cross-cultural teaching.
  • This text successfully integrates theoretical and practical knowledge in an accessible, meaningful manner, enhanced by interesting anecdotes, personal experiences, and real-world examples.
  • The author pays in-depth attention to a number of frequently overlooked critical topics, including bicultural families, isolated students (and teachers) of color, and white culture.
  • The final six chapters discuss individual ethnicities (African American, Latino/Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, Arab and Muslim Americans, and European American), and include detailed original interviews with multicultural educators such as William Cross, Valerie Ooka Pang, and Christine Sleeter.
  • This text includes a variety of self-assessment techniques focusing on prejudice and racism.

Table of Contents

1. What It Means to Be Culturally Competent.
2. Understanding Racism and Prejudice.
3. Understanding Unconscious Bias, Unintentional Racism, and Microaggressions.
4. Understanding Privilege and Racial Consciousness among Whites.
5. Understanding Culture and Cultural Differences.
6. Children, Parents, and Families of Color.
7. Psychological and Educational Issues.
8. Bias in the Curriculum and in the Classroom.
9. Critical Issues in Working with Culturally Different Students.
10. Working with Latino/a Students: An Interview with Aurora Cedillo.
11. Working with American Indian/Alaska Natives Students: An Interview with Cornel Pewewardy.
12. Working with African American Students: An Interview with William Cross.
13. Working with Asian Pacific American Students: An Interview with Valerie Ooka Pang.
14. Working with Arab and Muslim Americans: An Interview with Karim Hamdy.
15. Working with European American Students: An Interaction with Christine Sleeter.

What's New

  • New! A NEW Chapter 14, “Working with Arab and Muslim Students,” includes contributions from Karim Hamdy.
  • New! Chapters 1 and 2 from the First Edition are combined in a consolidated Chapter 1, “What It Means to Be Culturally Competent.”
  • New! A NEW Chapter 3 provides timely material on “Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism.”
  • New! Material on microaggressions is now included.
  • New! A NEW organization divides chapters into three logical parts: Foundations for Becoming Culturally Competent, Becoming Culturally Competent in the Classroom and Community, and Working Competently with All Students.
  • New! Streamlined end-of-chapter resources include key summary points, personal reflection exercises, activities, and new focused bibliographies.
  • New! Research and the interviews with educators in the field are updated, and new Web links direct students to key information related to each chapter.
  • New! Graphs, charts, and tables serve as visual aids, clarifying the narrative.
  • New coverage in Chapter 9 on the value of immersion experiences (clinical practice) address a new NCATE standard.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jean Moule

Jean Moule is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Adult Education and the “Immersion” Program Coordinator at Oregon State University. Jean began her higher education journey with a major in Art and a minor in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon and her doctorate from Oregon State University with a dissertation titled “My Journey with Preservice Teachers: Reflecting on Teacher Characteristics that Bridge Multicultural Education Theory and Classroom Practice.”