Language, culture, and teaching : critical perspectives for a new century /
Sonia Nieto.
Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002.
xvii, 295 p.
0805837388 (alk. paper)
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Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002.
0805837388 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Tremendous cultural and linguistic diversity is evident in our schools today. This text by one of today's best-known and most highly respected multicultural educators presents examples of real-life dilemmas about diversity that teachers will face in their own classrooms; ideas about how language, culture, and teaching are linked; and ways to engage with these ideas through reflection and collaborative inquiry. A thoughtful integration of articles and book chapters published by Dr. Nieto along with creative pedagogical features, Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives for a New Century: *explores how language and culture are connected to teaching and learning in educational contexts; *examines the sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts of language and culture to understand how they may affect student learning and achievement; *analyzes the implications of linguistic and cultural diversity for school reform and educational equity; *encourages critical reflection on classroom practices related to linguistic and cultural diversity; and * offers in each chapter critical questions to help readers build on the knowledge they have gained by analyzing the concepts further; classroom activities that provide suggestions for applying what they have learned to their own teaching context; and community activities suggesting projects beyond the classroom context, in settings ranging from the school or district to the state or national level. New times deserve new textbooks that engage teachers in viewing students' cultural and linguistic differences in a more hopeful and critical way, and in changing classroom practices and school policies to promote the learning of all students. Although no easy answers are available to fix the problems and uncertainties teachers encounter every day, there are thoughtful ways to address them that respect teachers' and other educators' professionalism, honor the identities of students and their families, and validate the nation's claim to educate students of all backgrounds. The aim of this text is to help practicing and preservice teachers accomplish these goals.
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This book will explore how language & culture are connected to teaching & learning, and examine the sociocultural & sociopolitical contexts of language & culture to understand how these contexts affect student learning & achievement.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Series Editor's Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Beginnings: Language, Literacy, and Culture: Intersections and Implicationsp. 1
Setting The Groundwork
Multicultural Education and School Reformp. 27
Cultural Difference and Educational Change in a Sociopolitical Contextp. 51
We Speak in Many Tongues: Language Diversity and Multicultural Educationp. 79
Identity And Belonging
On Becoming American: An Exploratory Essayp. 103
Lessons From Students on Creating a Chance to Dreamp. 119
Writing for Real: Exploring and Affirming Students' Words and Worldsp. 163
Implications For The Preparation Of Critical Teachers
Diversity: What Do Teachers Need to Know?p. 181
Bringing Bilingual Education Out of the Basement and Other Imperatives for Teacher Educationp. 205
Conflict and Tension, Growth and Change: The Politics of Teaching Multicultural Education Coursesp. 227
Praxis In The Classroom
Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Educationp. 257
What Does It Mean to Affirm Diversity in Our Nation's Schools?p. 277
Author Indexp. 285
Subject Indexp. 291
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