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Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (Multicultural Education Series) 2nd Edition

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''The message…is that is as important for teachers to know students and their backgrounds as it is to know the subject matter they intend to teach.'' --CHOICE Magazine

''An essential read...serves as an anchor text in helping us understand culturally responsive teaching, issues surrounding it, and the urgency with which its incorporation needs to take place.'' --Language Arts Magazine

''An essential read...serves as an anchor text in helping us understand culturally responsive teaching, issues surrounding it, and the urgency with which its incorporation needs to take place.'' --Language Arts Magazine

About the Author

Geneva Gay, professor of education and associate of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle
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Product Details

  • Series: Multicultural Education (Book 41)
  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 2 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807750786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807750780
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very wordy and slow to get to the point. Author could state her purposes and meet her goals in a good fourth of the space and number of words she consumes. Although fairly well conceived, it is dry, without character, and poorly executed. Educators: if wanting to instruct in culturally responsive teaching, look for a more engaging, concise, and lively text than what this author offers. Although the topic is appealing, compelling, and relevant, reading this text is fairly torturous.
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I purchased this book on a whim, read it cover-to-cover, and am very pleased to have it available as a resource in my personal library.

Within, Gay makes a clear case for why educators must adopt culturally responsive teaching practices, both to perform their role effectively and as a moral imperative. The content is philosophically rigorous, well-researched, and evidence-based in it's claims and prescriptions. Despite that the book is targeted at grade school classroom educators, I believe that anyone working in education, from policy makers to corporate trainers, can benefit from this book.

In particular, I found Gay's debunking of well-intentioned but still problematic representations of ethnic and cultural diversity very helpful. For example:

In the sub-chapter "Progress but Some Problems Remain" p.131
". . . the content included about ethnic issues is rather bland, conservative, conformist and "safe". it tends to emphasize harmonious relations among racial groups and is too often a 'weapon of deculturalization' for the heritages and experiences of groups of color . . . unpleasant sides of society and cultural diversity are either sanitized or bypassed entirely"

And "Biases Persist in Child and Adolescent Literature" p.143
"There has also been a tendency to over-correct for stereotypes by not assigning any differentiating characteristics to the speech and actions of . . . [individuals of color] . . . or to make the characters superhumanly good and supremely capable . . ."

On reflection, the mistakes here are obvious. As Gay points out, such representations prefer experiences that are closely aligned with mainstream European American values, beliefs and standards of behavior.
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A decent review of relevant research in culturally responsive teaching. The author is one of the founders of the multicultural approach in education and clearly delineates her views on the essential features of U.S. multicultural education in theory, research and practice.
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Addresses some of the issues facing teachers in 2011!
This is a creative and truly responsive way of teaching...especially culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse students. I have used this book in practice, research and teaching graduate level courses. Gay, proposes a state of mind and a way of looking at students as capable and competent.
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Such a great and important book. Dr. Gay is a strong thinker and her ideas are so important for teachers to take up so that our education system does a better job educating students. Not a quick read but really thought provoking.
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Geneva Gay is a top-ranked scholar and educator who has years of research and experience behind the words of the book, Culturally Responsive Teaching. The second edition, in particular, is directly useful to my work as an educator. It is grounded in practice, and--as the subtitle promises--it connects this directly to social data, educational theory, diverse cultural frames of American students, and the practical life of a classroom teacher. While no book is flawless, this book--as well as the author's approach--has been praised widely by specialists in education theory and research and teaching methods. Other reviewers who content the book is uninteresting and written in an unprofessional style may be honest about their lack of connection to the text, but the claim of weak writing is unfounded, in terms of conventions of academic writing.
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Definitely only good if you are in a class that requires the book. Hopefully you use it more than I did. College textbooks are really NOT worth it.
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Great info that is thought provoking on how to be culturally responsive in the classroom.
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