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Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (4th ed.)

In this Fourth Edition of her best-selling book, renowned scholar Sonia Nieto explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds. Intended for preservice and in-service teachers and educators, Affirming Diversity looks at how personal, social, political, cultural, and educational factors affect the success or failure of students in today's classroom. Expanding upon the popular case-study approach, the 496-page Fourth Edition examines the lives of 18 real students who are affected by multicultural education, or a lack thereof.

Topics include racial, linguistic, religious, cultural, and sexual diversity. Social justice is firmly embedded in this view of multicultural education, and teachers are encouraged to work for social change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

New to This Edition:

  • Case studies that address sexual identity and being Islamic in the U.S. in students' lives have been added to expand the meaning of diversity.
  • Snapshots feature presents four mini-case studies to increase the topics covered to include Sikhism, biculturalism, Asian-American students, and adoption.
  • Activities for Personal, School, and Community Change engage readers with many suggestions for concrete and practical action.
  • A new, expanded design that includes new tables, figures, artwork, and additional pedagogy which will help students visualize demographic information.

Sonia Nieto is a researcher, author, teacher, and teacher educator. She is currently Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her scholarly work focuses on multicultural education, the schooling of Latinos and other language minority and immigrant students in the United States, and Puerto Ricans in children's literature. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Educator of the Year Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Sonia Nieto

Allyn & Bacon (2003)

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