Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education offers pre- and in-service educators an opportunity to analyze and reflect upon a variety of realistic case studies related to educational equity and social justice. Each case, written in an engaging, narrative style, presents a complex but common classroom scenario in which an inequity or injustice is in play. These cases allow educators to practice the process of considering a range of contextual factors, checking their own biases, and making immediate- and longer-term decisions about how to create and sustain equitable learning environments for all students.
The book begins with a seven-point process for examining case studies. Largely lacking from existing case study collections, this framework guides readers through the process of identifying, examining, reflecting on, and taking concrete steps to resolve challenges related to diversity and equity in schools. The cases themselves present everyday examples of the ways in which racism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, class inequities, language bias, religious-based oppression, and other equity and diversity concerns affect students, teachers, families, and other members of our school communities. They involve classroom issues that are relevant to all grade levels and all content areas, allowing significant flexibility in how and with whom they are used. Although organized topically, the intersection of these issues are stressed throughout the cases, reflecting the multi-faceted way they play out in real life. All cases conclude with a series of questions to guide discussion and a section of facilitator notes, called points for consideration. This unique feature provides valuable insight for understanding the complexities of each case.
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Gorski and his co-authors write great books, and this one is one of my favorites! I highly recommend it for students and colleagues. While the cases are designed to bring attention to troubling issues pertaining to bias and discrimination, the book itself is actually a joy to read. As odd as it may sound, in some ways it reminded me of the old Encyclopedia Brown books; I would read a case, attempt to answer the questions, and then turn to the back of the book for the authors' points of consideration. However, the authors also provide information with regard to using the case method, and they provide really good references such as "The Art and Craft of Case Writing" by Naumes and Naumes. Frankly, I'm inspired to try my own hand at writing cases with regard to other areas of education to use with students. Additionally, I would like to see even more teaching with cases in education. This text also helped to improve my own understanding with regard to diversity and social...
This book is a great resource for educators and administrators. The topics included help inspire conversations about social justice issues such as equity, race, LGBTQ, ability, class etc. that can lead to important changes that will only improve the way faculty work with students and families. If you would like to improve the relationships between families and staff, and create a school that is inclusive and respectful, this is the book for you.
Focused on relevant issues surrounding diversity and social justice in schools, these cases help facilitate discussion and provide a space to problematize issues related to this important work. I appreciate the accessibility Gorski and Pothini bring to these topics and highly recommend this book for teachers, school leaders, as well as researchers and professors of education. This is an important read for those with a vested interest in public education.
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