ERIC Number: ED328552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Diverse Students: Cases and Commentaries.
Shulman, Judith H., Ed.; Mesa-Bains, Amalia, Ed.
This casebook was developed collaboratively by a researcher from Far West Laboratory, a staff developer/researcher from the San Francisco Unified School District, and 11 veteran teachers who teach in large metropolitan settings. It contains 14 narrative cases written by teachers about problems that all teachers face who teach ethnically and racially diverse young people in their classrooms. The teachers describe problematic events from their own experience. Some reflect back on incidents they encountered as beginning teachers, describe how they handled the situations, and examine what they have learned during the ensuing years. Others portray problems they are presently facing. The commentaries that follow each case analyze the situations and are designed to take different perspectives in interpreting the accounts. The book is grouped into four sections highlighting the ways in which the cases are similar to each other. The first two chapters deal with instructional events: the challenges of teaching new concepts and skills to diverse learners, especially when the teacher is white and the students are of color, and the problems of integrating non-English-speaking students into the classroom. The focus of the third chapter is interactions with individual or groups of students who are particularly challenging. In these cases, the teachers wrote about the ways in which their relationships with students contributed to, or in some cases, detracted from a learning experience. The cases in the last chapter portray the importance and influence of school/family relationships on student learning. An annotated bibliography of 16 items is included, as well as guidelines for writing a case. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.