Multicultural Education of Children and Adolescents explores the foundations of diversity through cultural portraits of young people from a variety of backgrounds, and provides practical strategies for shaping and implementing a multicultural curriculum. In Part I, the authors introduce multicultural education as a concept and document the increasing cultural diversity of the United States. The text describes, in Part II, various cultural groups—including African, American Indian, and Hispanic cultures—to help pre-service teachers better understand the backgrounds of diverse learners. Part III focuses on topics that educators should consider when planning and implementing programs that teach acceptance and respect for cultural diversity. Through this series of applied chapters, teacher candidates will learn to use the most effective instructional practices with diverse learners, and to work successfully with families, school personnel, and administrators to implement a multicultural program.

Content and features new to the sixth edition include the following:

    • Every chapter opens with a real-life story that introduces the subject matter by showing the ideas in action.
    • Points to Ponder boxes urge readers to reflect more deeply on information they have just read.
    • Additional Case Studies with accompanying Questions for Discussion in all chapters enable nuanced consideration of the crucial differences between culturally specific learning styles.
    • Increased emphasis on Social Justice and White Privilege, including its effects on all people.
    • Chapter 13 has been significantly revised to include increased and updated information on sexual orientation, including transgender students.
    • Chapters in Part II now feature further expanded sections on socioeconomic status and conditions of each ethnic group.

part I|48 pages

Multicultural Education and its Response to the United States’ Increasing Diversity

chapter 1|18 pages

Multicultural Education

chapter 2|28 pages


part II|142 pages

Understanding Learners and their Cultural Backgrounds

part III|128 pages

Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society

chapter 9|21 pages

Curricular Efforts

chapter 10|24 pages

Instructional Practices

chapter 12|30 pages

Administrators and Special School Personnel