An Introduction to Multicultural Education (6e) : 9780134800363

An Introduction to Multicultural Education (6e)

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A brief, highly readable overview of the important concepts, principles, theories, and practices of multicultural education.

Presenting need-to-know information in a concise, highly readable style, An Introduction to Multicultural Education helps busy pre-service and practicing educators increase their understanding of what multicultural education means for the increasingly diverse classrooms in the United States today. Leading authority James A. Banks includes the widely used concepts and paradigms that he has developed, such as the dimensions of multicultural education; approaches to multicultural curriculum reform; types of knowledge; and how to teach students to know, to care, and to act. In addition, the text covers the characteristics of effective multicultural lessons and units, the major benchmarks educators can use to determine sound multicultural education implementation, benchmarks to reform, and much more.

Filled with new developments, trends, and issues as well as current statistics, citations, and references, the 6th Edition now includes Reflection and Action Activities, end-of-chapter summaries, and a new typology of citizenship.

Table of contents
  • 1. Goals and Misconceptions
  • 2. Citizenship Education and Diversity in a Global Age
  • 3. Dimensions and School Characteristics
  • 4. Curriculum Transformation
  • 5. Knowledge Construction and Curriculum Reform
  • 6. Knowledge Components
  • 7. Teaching with Powerful Ideas
  • 8. School Reform and Intergroup Education
  • 9. Multicultural Benchmarks
  • Appendix A: Learning in and out of School in Diverse Environments
  • Appendix B: Checklist for Evaluating Informational Materials
  • Appendix C: A Multicultural Education Evaluation Checklist
  • Appendix D: A Multicultural Education Basic Library
  • Glossary
  • References
New to this edition
A thoroughly updated treatment of the field which contains new developments, trends, and issues as well as current statistics, citations, and references
  • New Reflection and Action Activities and end-of-chapter summaries that can be used to identify key concepts and facilitate classroom discussion
  • A new research discussion which shows the positive effects of ethnic studies on student engagement and achievement (Ch. 1)
  • The author’s new typology of citizenship in which four types of citizenship are conceptualized and discussed—failed, recognized, participatory, and transformative
  • New discussion of the ways in which immigration to the United States has changed significantly since 2013
  • An up-to-date analysis of the ethnic studies debate and controversy that occurred in the Tucson Unified School District which culminated with a bill banning the program in 2011 (Ch. 1)

Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what’s new in this edition.

Features & benefits
  • The goals of multicultural education and common misconceptions
  • Why multicultural education is essential in helping students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as effective citizens in a diverse society
  • Banks’ five dimensions of multicultural education and the characteristics of an effective multicultural school
  • How multicultural education seeks to transform the curriculum so that all students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective citizens in a pluralistic democratic society
  • Five types of knowledge, with practical help for understanding each type and using that knowledge to construct individualised versions
  • The major paradigms, key concepts, powerful ideas, and the kinds of historical and cultural knowledge related to ethnic groups that effective teachers must know
  • The characteristics of multicultural lessons, including two teaching social studies units, lessons that illustrate how to teach math and science using multicultural content, and a lesson showing how to teach value inquiry with content that focuses on racial discrimination
  • School reform, intergroup education, and guidelines for helping students develop democratic racial attitudes and values
  • The major benchmarks educators can use to determine whether or not a school or educational institution is implementing multicultural education to its highest effect
Author biography
James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Professor Banks is a member of the National Academy of Education, a past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 1997-1998) and of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS, 1982). He is also an AERA Fellow and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2005-2006. He is the editor of the Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education, the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, and the Multicultural Education Series of books published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. His textbooks include Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching, Sixth Edition (Routledge, 2016) and (with Cherry A. McGee Banks) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, Ninth Edition (Wiley, 2016). His work in multicultural education is known and influential throughout the world. His books have been translated into Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Arabic. 
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