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, 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. Designed for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level students and professional development courses, each chapter includes critical questions, classroom activities, and community activities suggesting projects beyond the classroom context.
Language, Culture, and Teaching
• explores how language and culture are connected to teaching and learning in educational settings;
• examines the sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts of language and culture to understand how these contexts may affect student learning and achievement;
• analyzes the implications of linguistic and cultural diversity for classroom practices, school reform, and educational equity;
• encourages practicing and preservice teachers to reflect critically on their classroom practices, as well as on larger institutional policies related to linguistic and cultural diversity based on the above understandings; and
• motivates teachers to understand their ethical and political responsibilities to work, together with their students, colleagues, and families, for more socially just classrooms, schools, and society.
Changes in the Third Edition:
This edition includes new and updated chapters, section introductions, critical questions, classroom and community activities, and resources, bringing it up-to-date in terms of recent educational policy issues and demographic changes in the U.S. and beyond. The new chapters reflect Nieto’s current thinking about the profession and society, especially about changes in the teaching profession, both positive and negative, since the publication of the second edition of this text.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Language, Literacy, and Culture: Aha! Moments in Personal and Sociopolitical Understanding
Part I: Setting the Groundwork
Chapter 1: What is the Purpose of Schools? Reflections on Education in an Age of Functionalism
Chapter 2: Multicultural Education and School Reform
Chapter 3: Revisiting the High Hopes and Broken Promises of Public Education: Still an Uncertain Future
Part II: Identity, Learning, and Belonging
Chapter 4: Culture and Learning
Chapter 5: Lessons from Students on Creating a Chance to Dream
Chapter 6: The BC 44, Ethnic Studies, and Transformative Education
Part III: Developing a Critical Stance
Chapter 7: Profoundly Multicultural Questions
Chapter 8: Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Education
Chapter 9: Becoming Sociocultural Mediators: What All Educators Can Learn from Bilingual and ESL Teachers
Part IV: Praxis, Hope. And the Future
Chapter 10: Nice is Not Enough: Defining Caring for Students of Color
Chapter 11: Doing Their Part: Teachers as Leaders in Multicultural Education
Chapter 12: Critical Hope… In Spite of it All
Sonia Nieto is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture at the College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.