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Bridging Multiple Worlds: Case Studies of Diverse Educational Communities, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Lorraine S. Taylor, Catharine R. Whittaker

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 23, 2008

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This text offers “real world” case studies involving educational staff, students, and families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of dynamic school settings.


Bridging Multiple Worlds emphasizes long-term, comprehensive solutions that promote school, home, and community partnership to meet challenges in educational settings. The text provides foundational information about diversity in the US, multicultural education, and family-school-community partnership in Part I; moves on to explore the use of cases in teacher education and how to analyze cases using a “decision making scaffold” in Part II; and delves deeply into specific cases and the issues surrounding them on a wide range of diversity topics in the seven chapters in Part III.  The authors’ backgrounds in Special Education enable them to incorporate issues involving children with exceptional needs and their families into nearly half of the cases, making this text a good companion to special education courses in addition to a comprehensive resource for all courses about diverse learners.  Instructors and students will find the authentic situations stimulating and well-contextualized with pertinent research and background information preceding each case. Specific discussion questions following each case foster reflective analysis from a social justice perspective.  These questions, used in conjunction with the Decision Making Scaffold, allow for broad and open class discussions of difficult issues and challenge participants to find common ground from which a meaningful and comprehensive plan of action can be developed.  The framework of the book allows future teachers, counselors, related service providers, and administrators to appreciate and understand the complexity of diversity issues in the cases and in the schools/communities where they will work.

Table of Contents




The Meaning of Diversity

Author’s Statement of Philosophy

Use of Terminology Related to Diversity


I. Diversity in the United States

 1. The Changing Pattern of Immigration

Historical Overview


Assimilation and Acculturation

Demographic Changes

Demographic Changes in the Schools



 2. The Current State of Education for Diverse Students in the United States

The Educational Progress of Diverse Learners

Multicultural Education

Preparation of Teachers for Diverse Learners



 3. Building Partnerships with Diverse Family and Communities

Family Involvement in the Schools

Characteristics of Families

The Family System

Culturally Diverse Families

The School-Family-Community Partnership


II. A Case for Cases

 4. The Development and Use of Cases in Teacher Education

What is a Teaching Case?

Why Are Case Discussions Valuable?

How Do Participants Analyze a Case?

How Do Participants Discuss a Case?



 5. Putting it All Together: Analyzing and Discussing a Case

Issues Regarding Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families

The Case of Jesus Gonzalez

Using the Case Decision-Making Scaffold

Follow-Up on Jesus Gonzalez


III. Case Studies in Diversity

 6. Race and Ethnicity

Currents Concepts of Race

Race and Ethnic Identity


The Case of Jim Peterson

The Case of Lisa Golden



 7. Culture and Language

Definition of Culture

Definition of Language

Cultural and Linguistic Difference

Implications for Education

Native American Mascots

The Case of the Onteora Indian

The Case of Fome Qureshi



 8. Poverty and Socioeconomic Status

Expectations and Realities

Current Facts

Impact of Poverty on School-Aged Children

State and Federal Provisions

What Can Schools Do?

The Case of Maria Ramirez

The Case of Sue Wilson



9. Exceptionality

Issues of Definition, Identification, and Appropriate Programs

The Inclusion Controversy

Creating Inclusive Schools for Students with Disabilities

Issues in the Education of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented

Issues in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Case of Selina James

The Case of Matthew Simpson



 10. Gender

Issues in Gender

Females and Mathematics

African American Females and Mathematics

The Case of Cassie Brown

The Case of Justin Healy



 11. Sexuality

Issues in Sexuality

Staff Training

The Case of Sam Meyers



12. Religion

Religious Diversity in the United States

Why Religion is an Issue in Public Schools

Current Religious Issues in Public Schools

The Case of Higher Ground Academy






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