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Diversity, Transformative Knowledge, and Civic Education

Selected Essays, 1st Edition

By James A. Banks


224 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The essays collected in this book, by James A. Banks, a foundational figure in the field of multicultural education, illuminate the interconnection between the author’s work on knowledge construction and civic education. Both poignant and personal, Banks shares some of his most groundbreaking and innovative work. Diversity, Transformative Knowledge, and Civic Education aims to unpack the "citizenship-education dilemma," whereby education programs strive to teach students democratic ideals and values within social, economic, political, and educational contexts that contradict justice, equality, and human rights. For change to take place, students need to internalize democratic values, by directly experiencing them in transformative classrooms and schools that are envisioned and described in this book.

Drawn from Banks’ formidable canon, this collection highlights the conceptual, curricular, and pedagogical issues related to this dilemma, and signals a fundamental shift towards transformative citizenship education. Students, scholars and educators in the fields of multicultural education, civic education, social studies education, comparative education, and the foundations of education will find this book to be a valuable resource for discussion and discovery.

Table of Contents


Part One

Race, Knowledge Construction, and Transformative Curriculum Reform


1 The Canon Debate, Knowledge Construction, and Multicultural Education

2 The Historical Reconstruction of Knowledge About Race: Implications for

    Transformative Teaching

3The Lives and Values of Researchers: Implications for Educating Citizens in a

Multicultural Society

Part Two

Cultural Democracy and Civic Education in Diverse Nations

4 Cultural Democracy, Citizenship Education, and the American Dream

5 Diversity and Citizenship Education in Multicultural Nations

Part Three

Diversity, Global Migration, and Civic Education

6 Diversity, Group Identity, and Citizenship Education in a Global Age

7 Failed Citizenship and Transformative Civic Education

8 Civic Education for Non-Citizen and Citizen Students

Selected Publications of James A. Banks


About the Author

James A. Banks is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, which is now the Banks Center for Educational Justice. Banks 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. In 2018, Banks received the Life-time Achievement Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).

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