Language, Culture, and Teaching
Critical Perspectives, 2nd Edition
By Sonia Nieto
Routledge – 2009 – 280 pages
Distinguished multiculturalist Sonia Nieto speaks directly to current and future teachers in this thoughtful integration of a selection of her key writings with creative pedagogical features. Offering information, insights, and motivation to teach students of diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds, this text is intended for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level students and professional development courses.
Examples are included throughout to illustrate real-life dilemmas about diversity that teachers face in their own classrooms; ideas about how language, culture, and teaching are linked; and ways to engage with these ideas through reflection and collaborative inquiry. Each chapter includes critical questions; classroom activities; and community activities suggesting projects beyond the classroom context.
Over half of the chapters are new to this edition, bringing it up-to-date in terms of recent educational policy issues and demographic changes in our society.
"This book is noteworthy in that through theory-grounded discussions and a few evidential narratives, it consistently encourages the readers to imagine and create an equitable reality, taking a proactive approach in social betterment instead of letting status quo paralyze us."--Education Review
Introduction: Language, Literacy, and Culture: Intersections and Implications
Part I: Setting the Groundwork
Chapter 1: What is the Purpose of Schools? Reflections on Education in an Age of Functionalism
Chapter 2: The Limitations of Labels
Chapter 3: Understanding Multicultural Education in a Sociopolitical Context (with Patty Bode)
Chapter 4: Multicultural Education and School Reform (with Patty Bode)
Chapter 5: Public Education in the Twentieth Century and Beyond: High Hopes, Broken Promises, and an Uncertain Future
Chapter 6: We Speak in Many Tongues: Language Diversity and Multicultural Education
Part II: Identity and Belonging
Chapter 7: Culture and Learning
Chapter 8: Lessons from Students on Creating a Chance to Dream
Chapter 9: Beyond Categories: The Complex Identities of Adolescents (with John Raible)
Part III: Becoming Critical Teachers
Chapter 10: Profoundly Multicultural Questions
Chapter 11: Solidarity, Courage, and Heart: Learning from a New Generation of Teachers
Part IV: Praxis in the Classroom
Chapter 12: Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Education
Chapter 13: Nice is Not Enough: Defining Caring for Students of Color
Chapter 14: What Does it Mean to Affirm Diversity in Our Nation’s Schools?
Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.