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Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths
Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull
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How does the home culture of Latino immigrant students differ from the “mainstream” culture of U.S. schools? Why is it important for teachers to understand the differences? How can educators take advantage of students’ cultural traits to improve classroom management, student performance, and school-parent relations?
Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull answer these and many other questions by drawing on the experience and collective wisdom of teachers in the Bridging Cultures Project, a five-year action research study of elementary classrooms with high percentages of immigrant students.
The authors present a simple framework for understanding cultural differences, comparing the “individualistic” culture that prevails in American education with the “collectivistic” culture that characterizes most of the world’s population, including many of the Latino immigrant students in U.S. classrooms.
At the heart of the book are teacher-developed strategies that capitalize on the cultural values that these students and their families offer, such as an emphasis on helping, sharing, and the success of the group.
The strategies cover a wide spectrum of issues and concerns, including
Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strengths presents both the research foundation and the practical perspectives of seasoned teachers whose classroom-tested approaches have produced positive results.
With this valuable guide in hand, readers will have the insights and strategies they need to turn educational challenges into educational opportunities.
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About the Authors
CARRIE ROTHSTEIN-FISCH is associate professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, Northridge. She is one of the four original researchers on the Bridging Cultures Project, a longitudinal action research project that explores ways to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication, particularly for Latino students and their families.
ELISE TRUMBULL is an educational consultant specializing in sociocultural influences on learning and schooling and a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches a graduate course in Language and Concept Development in the department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. A former special education teacher, Trumbull completed her doctorate in education in the area of applied psycholinguistics at Boston University in 1984.
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