Keepers of the American Dream

Keepers of the American Dream

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This book reports an ethnographic study of thirty teachers from eighteen schools who participated in a staff development programme in multicultural education. The study examines how multicultural education was actually presented to teachers, and areas in which their classroom teaching and perception of students changed over the two-year period. Although most of the teachers reported learning a good deal, changes in their teaching and their discussions of teaching were fairly limited. After reporting the data, the book examines why changes were limited, analyzing three areas: the nature of staff development and how multicultural education was packaged; the structure of schools as institutions; and the identities and life experiences of teachers as White women, often from working class backgrounds.A class of second graders also practiced subtraction families and word problems; then the teacher involved them in brainstorming ... A fifth grade ED class worked on individualized language arts and math assignments out of textbooks and workbooks. Finally, a class of high school students worked on individualized math assignments, mainly algebra, using either textbooks, worksheets, or the computer.

Title:Keepers of the American Dream
Author:Christine E. Sleeter
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-06-14


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