Publication Date: February 7, 2020
Series: Multicultural Education Series
This timely and compelling book conceptualizes Ethnic Studies not only as a vehicle to transform and revitalize the school curriculum but also as a way to reinvent teaching. Drawing on Sleeter’s research review on the impact of Ethnic Studies commissioned by the National Education Association (NEA), the authors show how the traditional curriculum’s Eurocentric view of the world affects diverse student populations. The text highlights several contemporary exemplars of curricula—from classroom level to district or state-wide—illustrating core concepts in Ethnic Studies across a variety of disciplines and grade levels. A final chapter considers how research on P–12 ethnic studies can be conceptualized and conducted in ways that further both advocacy and program sustainability. Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools is essential reading for educators working to transform schools by rehumanizing learning spaces for all students.
Christine E. Sleeter is professor emerita in the College of Education at California State University, Monterey Bay. Miguel Zavala is director of the Urban Learning Program in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.
“Christine Sleeter and Miguel Zavala pull no punches in their approach to ethnic studies in education. Despite the negative critiques of ethnic studies rooted in White supremacy and the politics of fear, their contribution to critical thought and praxis is necessary and commendable. Like many of our comrades in this struggle, I rejoice in the fact that they remain undeterred and unafraid.”
—David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Crafted in an engaging and accessible manner, Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools answers important questions regarding the overwhelming effectiveness of K–12 Ethnic Studies, while inspiring us to put our dreams of humanizing and rigorous academic experiences for our youth into action. I want everyone we work with to read this book!”
— Curtis Acosta, assistant professor, College of Education, University of Arizona