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In Teaching for Diversity (third edition), the author argues that increasing student diversity in classrooms across North America places two imperatives on educators: They must learn effective strategies for teaching diverse groups of students, and they must integrate skills for accepting and thriving in diverse groups into their teaching.
The book incorporates a broad overview of the history of schooling and historic attitudes toward diversity in education to a specific treatment of the needs and objectives of today's schools. Utilizing a combination of theory and concrete examples, the book constructs a vision of schools as the foundation for an inclusive, democratic society. This essential and accessible resource is for educators working in all subject areas and grade levels.
* Explores demographic shifts in American life and schools throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and examines the impact of these shifts on education
* Provides a powerful theoretical framework for thinking about and fostering acceptance of diversity and difference, including linguistic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic diversity
* Presents practical applications and strategies for building inclusive schools and taking advantage of "teachable moments" in classrooms
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Ricardo L Garcia is a professor of education in the College of Education and Human Science of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Garcia began his education career in 1963 as a high school English and history teacher in northern New Mexico. Since then he has continuously served in classrooms as a teacher, consultant, storyteller, and professor. In 1973, Garcia served as codirector for a Desegregation Teacher Training Institute at Kansas State University. Since then, he has conducted research and taught in multicultural teacher education. Garcia has tested his cross-cultural instructional theories by teaching on Native American reservations, in state penitentiaries, and by conducting bilingual family literacy programs. He also has served as a university department chair and as a central administrator of student affairs programs for students of color and disadvantaged youth.
He is the author of numerous articles and chapters and one textbook, Teacher in a Pluralistic Society. In addition, he has authored four books of fiction: Coal Camp Days, 2001; Brother Bill s Bait Bites Back, 2004; Coal Camp Justice, 2005, and Montana s Top Bananas, 2007.Review:
Teaching for Diversity is a go-to book for both learning to teach diverse students and to learn about diversity. Ricardo Garcia explores the social contracts embedded in cultures and offers tools for educators to learn the social values of the cultures they encounter in the classroom and in society. This book is filled with research, classroom scenarios, and strategies to support teachers to reach and teach each student in today s classroom. --Bonnie Davis, Owner and Consultant, A4Achievement Consulting, Laguna Beach, California
This book provides an excellent overview of the relationship between diversity and education. Garcia's analysis is clear, insightful, and solidly grounded. He skillfully integrates theoretical perspectives and practical applications with revealing anecdotes and challenging questions. His sophisticated reflections are based on both a firm grasp of scholarly literature and his decades of experience as an educational leader and mentor. --Carlos E. Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Riverside
Garcia includes broad concepts as well as specific applications while also highlighting the importance of collaboration and conflict resolution. The book provides practical information vital for all teachers today. --Cynthia Gibson, English Teacher, Keith High School, Orrville, Alabama
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