Kent L Koppelman, "Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America, 5th edition"
English | 2016 | ISBN: 0133949842 | 400 pages | PDF | 30 MB
A clear, engaging look at the issues of diversity in 21st Century America, focusing on culture, the individual, and institutions.
This well-written, accessible, widely popular text uses a stimulating inquiry approach to engage students in discussion and debate around the most critical issues of diversity in America. Grounded in research from behavioral and social sciences-including education, psychology, history, sociology, biology, anthropology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies-the book uses the question and answer format to bring real meaning and understanding to the topics.
The book’s conceptual framework focuses on culture, the individual, and institutions. The first section examines individual concerns, the second section describes the cultural/historical context, and the third section explores racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism by addressing all three areas such as historical biases based on cultural norms, individual prejudices based on myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes about diverse groups, and how institutional discrimination advantages dominant group members and disadvantages oppressed groups. The last section focuses on changes already achieved or that need to be implemented in schools and other areas of society to create a more just society.