Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life

Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life

By: Linda L. Lampl (editor), Deborah A. Brunson (editor), Brenda Jarmon (editor)Paperback

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If, fundamentally, education is about change and transformation, this is all the more true where teaching and learning about diversity is concerned. Yet teachers rarely know what influence their instruction has had on the lives of their students. Given the social importance of this enterprise, there is a compelling need to evaluate diversity education and student outcomes. This edited volume provides insights into the teaching and learning experiences of diversity educators and their students. College-level teachers from such disciplines as biology, social work, sex education, communication, political science, English literature, and criminology share their general philosophy of teaching and how teaching diversity offers insights and challenges in the classroom. This book uniquely integrates revealing letters from former students within each teacher's chapter. These letters offer observations and reflections upon key lessons learned or ideas that were challenged in the teacher's classroom and how these lessons are connected to or disconnected from their professional and/or personal lives. We also see how the teachers in turn have modified their practice in the light of their students' feedback. The editors revisit the chapters to find the emergent Best Practices as take-aways for the reader. This book will be useful to college teachers who currently teach courses with a diversity-focused content, and to instructors who plan to incorporate diversity content within an existing course. Directors of teaching and learning centers, coordinators of doctoral programs, and TA centers will also find helpful information and insights about pedagogy, process, and learning outcomes.

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About Author

Deborah A. Brunson is director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Brenda Jarmon is an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Social Work, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee. Linda L. Lampl is president/CEO and co-founder of Lampl Herbert Consultants, Tallahassee, where she works as a practicing anthropologist and organization development consultant.


Foreword--Michelle Howard-Vital; PART I: Foundations: Diversity Initiatives, Institutional Change and Curricular Reform in Higher Education--Devorah A. Lieberman; The Power of Narratives in the Process of Teaching and Learning Diversity--Brenda Jarmon, Deborah Brunson, Linda L. Lampl, with Deborah Cardamone, Mary Cole, Sherick A. Hughes, Martin Jarmond, Audrey Mathews, James McFarland, and Daniel R. Vicker, Jr.; PART II: Teachers and Students - Lessons Taught/Lessons Learned: Biological Diversity--Muriel Lederman, with Jill Sible, dayna e. Wilhelm, and Laurie Spotswood; Curriculum and Race--Earl Sheridan, with Frances Boyes, Tracie Davis, and James Fogleman; Literature, Self-discovery and Identity: Cultural Difference and its Impact on Black Students' Language Engagement--Patricia Brown-McDonald, with Aquilla Copeland and Michael Gramenz; The Social Construction of Diversity Learning: Reflections from a "Haole"--Scott W. Campbell, with Patricia Fonyad, Zac Gersh, Yoke-Wee Loh, and Malia J. Smith; Intercultural Competence: From the Classroom to the "Real World"; and Back Again--Randy K. Dillon, with Mindy Shelton, Christopher Dixon, Kurtis Lane, and Marlo Hamilton; Narrative Analysis of a Strengths-based Approach to Preparing Students for Graduate and Post-Graduate Education--Karen Bullock, with Crystal Smith, Jessica Hernandez, Dalkis Muir, and Aaron Scott Taylor; Bridging the Gap Between Diversity and Social Justice: Personal and Pedagogical Insights from Courses on the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Crime--Billy R. Close, with Isabelle Delatour, Albert Kopak, Natasha Norton, and Sarah Williams; Dialogue, Reflection, and Critical Analysis: Self/Other Crossing Ideological Borders--Leila E. Villaverde, with Tanya O. Brown, Kazuko Matsuda, Adrienne Sansom, and Warren Scheideman; Teaching About Diversity in Sex Education--Steve Chandler, with Justin Williams, Kevin Coleman, Jeanette Woldman, and Lance Raynor; Letter from the Editors: Moving Toward Best Practices in Teaching Diversity; PART III: Resources (An annotated bibliography of sources related to diversity education and diversity pedagogy).

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781579221874
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781579221874
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1579221874

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