Grounded in interdisciplinary research from the social sciences including education, sociology, biology, history, etc., this text successfully teaches both education and non-education majors about diversity in America. Understanding Human Differences introduces students to the study of diversity in Twenty-First Century America and provides a clear conceptual framework for teaching about diversity.
Through an inquiry format, the author encourages students to discuss and debate topics, thereby promoting a deeper understanding of the issues addressed within each chapter. The author looks at all of the "isms" of U.S. society (sexism, classism, racism, etc.) through three overlapping lenses: the individual, institutions, and culture. Its strong historical perspective and balance of theory and application not only prepares pre-service teachers to be more accepting and successful working with diverse students in their classrooms, but also prepares students in other fields to be more sensitive to the issues affecting the diverse individuals they will meet and work with throughout their lives.
New to This Edition
· NEW! Discussion of culturally relevant teaching in U.S. classrooms helps teacher education students understand this innovative educational approach (ch. 13).
· NEW! Discussion of how negative attitudes based on one's age affects youth as well as the elderly, to enhance understanding of such issues as elder abuse and teenage unemployment (Ch. 11).
· NEW! Expanded discussion of Muslim stereotypes and how the media reinforces such stereotypes, to clarify the nature of these stereotypes and how theyare presented in popular culture (Chs. 2 and 6)
· NEW! Updated content on anti-immigrant attitudes in the United States, especially toward undocumented workers, including examining research that contradicts common but misinformed perceptions of recent immigration (Ch. 4).
· NEW! Extensive updates on the growth and the benefits of linguistic diversity in the U.S. (Ch. 4)
· NEW! Revised section on institutional racism in politics to reflect the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, with discussion of the changes that have occurred in areas such as fundraising and the problems that yet remain (Ch. 8).
· NEW! References to brand new assignments and activities on new MyEducationLab for Multicultural Education website.
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