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A Journey to Unlearn and Learn in Multicultural Education

Hongyu Wang and Nadine Olson

Multicultural teacher education does not work without attending to the inner landscapes of learners. This collection of essays depicts a journey of unlearning deeply cherished assumptions, and gaining new, difficult understandings of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and global issues in teacher education. Foregrounding learners’ own voices and highlighting those intimate moments of awakening through a process-oriented and dialogic approach, this book, in its profoundly moving narrative and critically reflective voices, speaks directly to pre-service and in-service teachers and informs teacher educators’ multicultural pedagogical theory and practice. Demonstrating the power of multicultural education through the learner’s lens, this compelling and inspirational book is a much-needed text for undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education, multicultural education, curriculum studies, and social foundations of education.
Contents: Hongyu Wang: Introduction – Autobiography and Social Difference: Ben Mortensen: Two Perspectives on Race and Gender - Juliana Utley/Betsy Showalter: Power and Privilege - Sue Rankin: Lessons in an Unspoken Language - Yan Yang: Opening Up Intellectual and Emotional Gates - Sylvia Muse: Invisible Boundaries, Soul-Awakening Moments - Miriam Ward: My Son Is a Gay: A Mother’s Story - Hongyu Wang: Pedagogical Reflection I: Teaching Multicultural Education through Autobiographies – What Happened in My Backyard?: Bonita S. Johnson/Steve Hahn: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921: An Account - Felly Chiteng Kot: Behind the Rowland Incident: What Was the Real Motive? - Julie K. Nethon: Stopping «Willful Amnesia» - David Chadwick: Studying the Tulsa Race Riot for Social Renewal - Elizabeth Elias: Learning Together: An Instructor’s and Pre-Service Teachers’ Journey to Understanding a City’s Past - Hongyu Wang: Pedagogical Reflection II: Historical Memory and Pedagogical Encounter – Reclaiming Roots: Deidre Prevett: Growing Up Native American in a White Society: My Educational Journey - Shanedra Nowell: Embracing One’s Own Culture and Respecting Differences - Julie Macomb: Reclaiming My Own Heritage - Nadine Olson: Pedagogical Reflection III: Reclaiming Roots – Global Perspectives: Azza Ahmad: Out of Place: Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language in the U.S. - Jon Smythe: Conversation and Globalization: An International Student Advisor’s Intercultural Path - Annie Marie Malloy: Cultivating Global Consciousness: An Educator’s Journey - Nadine Olson: Pedagogical Reflection IV: Connecting Global Perspectives with Personhood – Do I Have a Culture? Understanding Whiteness: Tracey Roberson/Stephani Allen-Brown: The Color of Fear, the Change in David, and Racial Identity - Kerri Bury: My White Identity: A Self-Awareness Revelation - Melanie Burgess: A Personal Journey from Colorblindness to Anti-Racism - Sean Kinder: Seeing Others, Seeing Myself - Brian Payne: The Chicago Experience: Transforming Identity - Kristen Nelson: Beyond Silence and Denial: Overcoming Institutional Racism in the Schools - Hongyu Wang: Pedagogical Reflection V: Self-Understanding and Engaging Others – Perspectives, Visions, and Praxis: Anita Ede: Uncovering Racism: Giving Voices to Uncomfortable Truths - Sandra L. Bequette: An Examined Life: The Journey of Becoming a Multicultural Educator - Lauren Skvarla: The Glass Closet: Silencing Classroom Dialogue - Tiffany Ballard: Educating Young Adults through Social Justice Literature - Martin Meadows: Culture and the Literary Canon.