Designed to be used in any course devoted wholly or partly to the study of multicultural education in the United States, this text provides a unique theme (intersecting cultures) from which to look at multicultural education issues. Its ongoing use of a few organizing concepts permits in-depth analysis for social foundations and multicultural education courses. The book provides a comprehensive study of the intersections of the dominant U.S. culture, the culture of economic opportunity, dominated cultures, immigrant cultures, school culture, racism, sexism, social class, multicultural curricula, and instructional methods in the United States and the global economy. Spring's study of cultures is filled with rich examples of the lives of the many cultural groups living in the United States. The author uses a problem-posing style that helps students think critically about issues of multiculturalism. Each chapter ends with a section on personal reflections, which is designed to help students relate multiculturalism to their own lives. The third edition contains a wealth of new topics designed to make the revision a comprehensive survey of multiculturalism and of proposed solutions to issues surrounding multicultural education in the United States.
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Joel Spring, professor of education at the New School University, received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. His father was born a citizen of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory prior to the abolishment of the Choctaw government and the creation of Oklahoma. Professor Spring’s current interest in Native American culture and history is a reflection of his Indian background. His major research interests are the history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, and the politics of education. Professor Spring is the author of many books including The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe 1763-1995: A Basket of Apples; Images of American Life: A History of Ideological Management in Schools, Movies, Radio, and Television; and Political Agendas for Education: From the Christian Coalition to the Green Party. For McGraw-Hill Professor Spring has authored American Education; Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights; The Intersection of Cultures: Multicultural Education in the United States and the Global Economy; Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States, and Conflict of Interests: The Politics of American Education.
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