Bridging Multiple Worlds: Case Studies of Diverse Educational Communities

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byLorraine S. Taylor, Catharine R. Whittaker

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This text offers “real world” case studies involving educational staff, students, and families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of dynamic school settings.  Bridging Multiple Worldsemphasizes long-term, comprehensive solutions that promote school, home, and community partnership to meet challenges in educational settings. The text provides foundational information about diversity in the US, multicultural education, and family-school-community partnership in Part I; moves on to explore the use of cases in teacher education and how to analyze cases using a “decision making scaffold” in Part II; and delves deeply into specific cases and the issues surrounding them on a wide range of diversity topics in the seven chapters in Part III.

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This text offers “real world” case studies involving educational staff, students, and families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of dynamic school settings.  Bridging Multiple Worldsemphasizes long-term, comprehensive solutions that promote school, home, and community partnership to meet challenges in educational settings. The text...

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Reviewer Praise:   “I spend considerable time with the cases in Bridging Multiple Worlds. I appreciate the time the authors dedicate to explaining the importance of using cases [for education].”  —Michaela Colombo, University of Massachusetts–Lowell   “[Taylor and Whittaker] have done a thorough job of addressing all the defi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.9 × 0.8 inPublished:April 18, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205582516

ISBN - 13:9780205582518

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Foreword

The Meaning of Diversity

Author’s Statement of Philosophy

Use of Terminology Related to Diversity

References

I. Diversity in the United States

 1. The Changing Pattern of Immigration

Historical Overview

Legislation

Assimilation and Acculturation

Demographic Changes

Demographic Changes in the Schools

References

 

 2. The Current State of Education for Diverse Students in the United States

The Educational Progress of Diverse Learners

Multicultural Education

Preparation of Teachers for Diverse Learners

References

 

 3. Building Partnerships with Diverse Family and Communities

Family Involvement in the Schools

Characteristics of Families

The Family System

Culturally Diverse Families

The School-Family-Community Partnership

References

II. A Case for Cases

 4. The Development and Use of Cases in Teacher Education

What is a Teaching Case?

Why Are Case Discussions Valuable?

How Do Participants Analyze a Case?

How Do Participants Discuss a Case?

References

 

 5. Putting it All Together: Analyzing and Discussing a Case

Issues Regarding Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families

The Case of Jesus Gonzalez

Using the Case Decision-Making Scaffold

Follow-Up on Jesus Gonzalez

References

III. Case Studies in Diversity

 6. Race and Ethnicity

Currents Concepts of Race

Race and Ethnic Identity

Racism

The Case of Jim Peterson

The Case of Lisa Golden

References

 

 7. Culture and Language

Definition of Culture

Definition of Language

Cultural and Linguistic Difference

Implications for Education

Native American Mascots

The Case of the Onteora Indian

The Case of Fome Qureshi

References

 

 8. Poverty and Socioeconomic Status

Expectations and Realities

Current Facts

Impact of Poverty on School-Aged Children

State and Federal Provisions

What Can Schools Do?

The Case of Maria Ramirez

The Case of Sue Wilson

References

 

9. Exceptionality

Issues of Definition, Identification, and Appropriate Programs

The Inclusion Controversy

Creating Inclusive Schools for Students with Disabilities

Issues in the Education of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented

Issues in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Case of Selina James

The Case of Matthew Simpson

References

 

 10. Gender

Issues in Gender

Females and Mathematics

African American Females and Mathematics

The Case of Cassie Brown

The Case of Justin Healy

References

 

 11. Sexuality

Issues in Sexuality

Staff Training

The Case of Sam Meyers

Resources

 

12. Religion

Religious Diversity in the United States

Why Religion is an Issue in Public Schools

Current Religious Issues in Public Schools

The Case of Higher Ground Academy

References

 

INDEX