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  • Appalachian College Students & a Multicultural Curriculum
    A study explored the multicultural predispositions of Appalachian college students. Surveys addressing 23 variables related to demography, ideology, race perceptions, and university were returned by 437 students in 12 majors at Moorehead State University (Kentucky).
  • Beyond the Rhetoric: Moving from Exclusion, Reaching for Inclusion in Canadian Schools
    A 3-year study in Toronto (Ontario) schools examined educational practices that engender exclusion or inclusion, especially of racially marginalized groups. Findings suggest that an inclusive learning environment introduces topics of race, critically examines cultural stereotypes, has high expectations for minority students, encourages cultural-identity groups, and has equitable school hiring practices.
  • Equity Pedagogy: An Essential Component of Multicultural Education
    Equity pedagogy involves teaching strategies and environments that help diverse students attain necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes for functioning effectively within a just, democratic society. The article examines how equity pedagogy interacts with other dimensions of multicultural education (content integration, knowledge construction process, prejudice reduction, and social structure).
  • Good Days/Bad Days: Learning To Teach in Two Different Multicultural Schools
    This paper presents information regarding two university field programs in two elementary schools in New Orleans (Louisiana), serving culturally diverse children, and it attempts to reveal the influences of each school context on preservice teachers' acquisition of pedagogical content knowledge, their concerns and dilemmas, and their frames of reference about teaching children in a nonmainstream school setting.
  • Joining the Canadian Tribe: Building a Pluralistic Community in a B.C. School
    Immigrants often comprise most of the student body in urban Canadian schools. An elementary school in suburban Vancouver (British Columbia) provides sheltered classes and bilingual student partners for beginning English language learners.
  • Organizational Culture and Its Impact on African American Teachers
    Studied how the organizational culture of schools and the cultural values of African American teachers affect the professional experience of these teachers in schools where they are in the minority. Results for seven teachers show that the majority established the work norms, resulting in a uniformity of rules and regulations with which people of color were expected to comply.
  • Perceptions of Multiculturalism, Academic Achievement, and Intent To Stay in School among Mexican American Students
    Examined the relationship between perceived multiculturalism of schools, ease of learning, academic achievement, and intent to stay in school among eighth and eleventh graders. Surveys of Mexican-American and European-American students indicated that Mexican-American students who considered their environment multicultural also perceived that school was easier, that they received good grades, and that they would stay in school.
  • Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice. Volume 2
    This companion volume to the first "Rethinking Our Classrooms" presents a collection of articles, curriculum ideas, lesson plans, poetry, and resources designed for educators seeking to pair concerns for social justice with student academic achievement.
  • Shifting Identities in Private Education: Reconstructing Race at/in the Cultural Center
    Examines social constructs of white racial identity among adolescent girls attending a largely white, elite, private, single-sex high school. Students' voices illustrate how liberal discourses position youth and how white youth actively remake themselves in relation to prevailing meanings and practices institutionalized in private schools.
  • Sociocultural Factors Affecting School Culture for African American Students: A Case Study
    The case study of an all-male Catholic college preparatory school illustrates that, although the school appears to be a model school, African American students do not feel connected to the school community or culture, and many experience alienation, frustration, and racial prejudice at the school. Initial interview questions were pretested with 10 students, and then surveys of 66 members of the larger student population and 10 faculty members were conducted.
  • Teachers' Attitudes toward Multiculturalism and Their Perceptions of the School Organizational Culture
    Examined Israeli teachers' attitudes toward multiculturalism and the relationship of attitudes to perceptions of school organizational culture. Overall, pluralistic attitudes were higher with regard to integrating immigrants into the general society, while assimilationist attitudes predominated when referring to integrating immigrants into education.
  • Visualizing the Vision
    Presents a lesson plan that is designed to engage school staff in thinking about, developing, and sharing their conception of what it means to be a "global school." Staff is divided into small groups with an emphasis on diversity. These groups then discuss and draw illustrations of global school models.