This text takes a personalized and practical approach towards multicultural education. Instead of starting with theory and adding classroom applications as secondary content, Multicultural Education starts with the teacher and what the teacher needs to know in order to be an effective multicultural educator. A strong theoretical foundation is interwoven throughout the text in a manner that makes it relevant to the reader. The text’s strong practical approach, along with its reader-friendly and jargon-free upbeat writing style, make it an ideal text for both undergraduate courses (where students want real classroom examples) and graduate courses (where in-service teachers can relate to and learn from the scenarios).
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Valerie Pang is a professor of teacher education at San Diego State University. Page earned a doctorate at the University of Washington in 1981. She was a Spence Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and studied achievement and test anxiety in Asian American students from 1987-1989. She is presently a senior fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, holding an academic appointment to Brown University. In the summer of 1996 Pang was an invited scholar at the University of Washington’s Center for Multicultural Education and taught a class on Asian American children. In 1999 Pang was honored by the National Association for Multicultural Education with the Multicultural Educator Award for her local region for her work in the areas of culture and equity. In addition, Pang received the 1997 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Standing Committee on the Role and Status of Minorities in Education.
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