Publication Date: July 25, 2008
Series: Multicultural Education Series
In this extraordinary volume, veteran teacher educator and internationally respected scholar Catherine Cornbleth examines one of the most challenging issues for new teachers—how to effectively teach a diverse student population. Cornbleth weaves the voices and experiences of student teachers from urban elementary and high schools into her own analysis. She invites new and prospective teachers (especially white teachers from middle-class homes) to draw on these experiences to explore working more constructively with students different from themselves, and to succeed in schools different than their own. She also speaks to teacher educators about their role in preparing new teachers to face increasing diversity in public schools.
Featuring vignettes and interviews, this book:
Catherine Cornbleth is professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
“Shows the hard work, culture shock, trauma, satisfaction, and life-affirming possibilities experienced by people who choose to work with inner-city minority youth.”
—Alan Singer, Hofstra University
“This is a volume that will find a welcome home on every teacher educator's bookshelf."
—Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“ Diversity and the New Teacher is an engaging wake-up call for teacher educators. Through lively portraits of student teachers in a typical university-based program, Cornbleth perceptively teases out patterns in the sense they make of urban youth, and then clearly spells out key changes that are warranted in teacher preparation.”
—Christine Sleeter, Professor Emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay