Keepers of the American Dream

A Study of Staff Development and Multicultural Education

By Christine E. Sleeter

© 2012 – Routledge

246 pages

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About the Book

This book reports an ethnographic study of thirty teachers from eighteen schools who participated in a staff development programme in multicultural education. The study examines how multicultural education was actually presented to teachers, and areas in which their classroom teaching and perception of students changed over the two-year period.

Although most of the teachers reported learning a good deal, changes in their teaching and their discussions of teaching were fairly limited. After reporting the data, the book examines why changes were limited, analyzing three areas: the nature of staff development and how multicultural education was packaged; the structure of schools as institutions; and the identities and life experiences of teachers as White women, often from working class backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introductrion. 1. The American Dream in the 1980s. 2. Staff Development for Multicultural Education. 3. The Teachers in Their Classrooms. 4. Experiencing Staff Development. 5. Looking for Effects of Staff Development in the Classroom. 6. A Second Year of Staff Development. 7. Preserving the American Dream. 8. Multicultural Education, Staff Development and a New American Dream. Postscript. Bibliography. Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education