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6th Edition

Cultural Diversity and Education
Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching

ISBN 9781138654150
Published December 16, 2015 by Routledge
366 Pages

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Book Description

Now available in paperback, the sixth edition of this definitive text provides students a strong background in the conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical issues in multicultural education from a leading authority and scholarly leader of the field---James A. Banks.

In the opening chapter author Banks presents his well-known and widely used concept of Dimensions of Multicultural Education to help build an understanding of how the various components of multicultural education are interrelated. He then provides an overview on preparing students to function as effective citizens in a global world; discusses the dimensions, history, and goals of multicultural education; presents the conceptual, philosophical, and research issues related to education and diversity; examines the issues involved in curriculum and teaching; looks at gender equity, disability, giftedness, and language diversity; and focuses on intergroup relations and principles for teaching and learning. 


This new edition incorporates new concepts, theories, research, and developments in the field of multicultural education and features:

  • A new Chapter 5, "Increasing Student Academic Achievement: Paradigms and Explanations" provides important explanations for the achievement gap and suggests ways that educators can work to close it.
  • A new Chapter 7, "Researching Race, Culture, and Difference," explains the unique characteristics of multicultural research and how it differs from mainstream research in education and social science.
  • A new Chapter 14, "Principles for Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Society" contains research-based guidelines for reforming teaching and the school in order to increase the academic achievement and social development of students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, language, and gender groups.
  • A new Appendix—"Essential Principles Checklist"—designed to help educators determine the extent to which practices within their schools, colleges, and universities are consistent with the research-based findings described in the book.

Table of Contents

1. The Dimensions of Multicultural Education

2. Education Citizens for Diversity in Global Times

3. Multicultural Education: History, Development, Goals, and Approaches

4. Culture, Ethnicity, and Education

5. Increasing Student Academic Achievement: Paradigms and Explanations

6. Pluralism, Ideology, and Educational Reform

7. Researching Race, Culture, and Difference

8. The Stages of Cultural Identity: Implications for Curriculum Reform

9. A Curriculum for Empowerment, Action, and Change

10. Teaching Decision-Making and Social Action Skills for Social Change

11. Gender Equity and the Social Construction of Disability and Giftedness

12. Teaching for Language and Cultural Differences

13. Reducing Prejudice in Students: Tehory, Research, and Strategies

14. Principles for Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Society

Appendix: Essential Principles Checklist

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James A. Banks is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), a Fellow of AERA, and a member of the National Academy of Education.