ERIC Number: EJ1062893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Problem We Still Live With
Cruz, Bárbara C.
Educational Leadership, v72 n6 p16-20 Mar 2015
Many teachers shy away from conversations about diversity issues in the classroom--because they feel pressured to cover the mandated curriculum, or because they worry about students' and parents' reactions, or because they're afraid they'll say the wrong thing or won't know how to respond to comments that can make everyone feel uncomfortable. In this article, Bárbara C. Cruz gives examples showing how teachers can guide such conversations at the elementary school and high school levels, as well as in teacher preparation classes. As a first step, it's essential to establish and maintain a classroom environment that affirms diversity, promotes civil dialogue, and makes students feel safe. The article includes a list of organization websites that provide resources for educators who want to lead productive classroom discussions about diversity issues.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Diversity (Institutional), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Guides, Teaching Models, Ethnic Diversity, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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