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Mixed-Race Youth and Schooling
The Fifth Minority

ISBN 9781138021938
Published February 17, 2016 by Routledge
258 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This timely, in-depth examination of the educational experiences and needs of mixed-race children ("the fifth minority") focuses on the four contexts that primarily influence learning and development: the family, school, community, and society-at-large.

The book provides foundational historical, social, political, and psychological information about mixed-race children and looks closely at their experiences in schools, their identity formation, and how schools can be made more supportive of their development and learning needs. Moving away from an essentialist discussion of mixed-race children, a wide variety of research is included. Life and schooling experiences of mixed-raced individuals are profiled throughout the text. Rather than pigeonholing children into a neat box of descriptions or providing readymade prescriptions for educators, Mixed-Race Youth and Schooling offers information and encourages teachers to critically reflect on how it is relevant to and helpful in their teaching/learning contexts.

Table of Contents


Part I: Being Mixed-Race in Society

Chapter 1: The Context of Race for Mixed-Race People


Chapter 2: Mixed-Race People in Society Over Time


Chapter 3: Racial Identity: Multiple Perspectives on Racial Self-Understanding


Part II: Family, Community, and Peers

Chapter 4: Structures, Practices, and Socialization in Interracial and Multiracial Families


Chapter 5: Community, Social Class and Sociocultural Interactions

Chapter 6: Peer Relations and Friendship Formations


Part III: Education and Schooling: People, Places, and Practices

Chapter 7: Teachers’ (Mixed) Race Constructions and Teaching in Multiracial Classrooms

Chapter 8: The Racial Context of Schooling and Mixed-race Youth


Chapter 9: Schooling Supportive of Mixed-Race Youth



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Sandra Winn Tutwiler is Professor, Department of Education, Washburn University, USA