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Renowned author Sonia Nieto explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds. This best-selling book looks at how personal, social, political, cultural, and educational factors relate to the success or failure of students in today's classrooms. The text presents a carefully considered conceptual framework-based upon an exhaustive survey of the literature-to help students understand the sociocultural context of multicultural education, and to appreciate a range of strategies for reforming and equalizing education.
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In this Fourth Edition of her best-selling book, renowned scholar Sonia Nieto explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds. Intended for preservice and in-service teachers and educators, Affirming Diversity, 4/e looks at how personal, social, political, cultural, and educational factors affect the success or failure of students in today's classroom. Expanding upon the popular case-study approach, the Fourth Edition examines the lives of 18 real students who are affected by multicultural education, or a lack thereof. Topics include racial, linguistic, religious, cultural, and sexual diversity. Social justice is firmly embedded in this view of multicultural education, and teachers are encouraged to work for social change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
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Sonia Nieto is a researcher, author, teacher, and teacher educator. She is currently Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her scholarly work focuses on multicultural education, the schooling of Latinos and other language minority and immigrant students in the United States, and Puerto Ricans in children's literature. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.About the Author:
Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught students at all levels from elementary through graduate school and she continues to speak and write on multicultural education, the education of Latinos, and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Other books include The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2010, 2nd ed), What Keeps Teachers Going? (2003), and two edited volumes, Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools (2000) and Why We Teach (2005). She has received many awards for her research, advocacy, and activism, including an Annenberg Institute Senior Fellowship (1998–2000), the Outstanding Language Arts Educator of the Year from the National Council of Teachers of English (2005), the Social Justice Education Award from the American Educational Research Association (2008), and honorary doctorates from Lesley University (1999), Bridgewater State University (2004), DePaul University (2007), and Manhattanville College (2009).
Patty Bode is the Director of Art Education for Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her research interests include multicultural theory and practice in teacher preparation, the arts in urban education, and the role of visual culture in the expression of student knowledge. She has published and lectured on retheorizing identity and curriculum, redefining multicultural education, and critical art pedagogy. Years of experience as an activist public school teacher and teacher educator inform her art making, research, and teaching. She has received awards for efforts in anti-racist curriculum reform and bridging theory and practice in multicultural education, including the 2010 Art Educator of the Year for Higher Education of the Eastern USA Region by the National Art Education Association, the Massachusetts 2010 Art Educator of the Year for Higher Education by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and 2005 Multicultural Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.
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