Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching

A Manual for Students and Educators

  • Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Foundations

  3. Dimensions of Difference: Culture, Socioeconomic Status, Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Parental Partnership

  4. Dimensions of Difference: Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Pages 95-108
  5. Other Challenges to Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Pages 125-134
  6. Understanding Exceptional Microcultures

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-248

About this book


As America’s classrooms become more demographically diverse, educators must learn how to respond to the different needs and cultural styles of children who represent such diversity. Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching is a resource guide geared to help educators create classroom communities that respond to diversity. The learning activities presented in this volume define terminology, provide activities to raise self-awareness, include newspaper articles that illustrate the relevance of concepts, and allow for an overall dialogue about diverse issues.

This book encourages readers to generate their own construction of effective multicultural education and learn how to adapt it across various student populations and educational problems. At the same time, learning activities encourage readers to respect and seek to understand the experiences and worldviews of different people and how these diverse realities influence what is meant by multicultural education.

"An incredibly practical, down to earth approach to dealing with potentially difficult material. Based on current, scholarly work, this book gives teachers real-world help for our increasingly diverse schools.  The additional resources listed at the end of each chapter provide a window into the astonishing array of additional scholarly and useful materials." 
Patricia M. Raskin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

"It is a terrific book that provides clear and necessary guidance that helps teachers and students explore issues of diversity in a profound and yet simple and engaging manner. It is a must for those interested in learning how best to address the complexity of this issue in ways that are likely to yield results."
Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Community Outreach Initiatives and Special Programs, St. John’s University

 "Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching, by Caroline Clauss-Ehlers is a well constructed comprehensive guide through the maze of "cultural competence," racism, and many other aspects of diversity in our society.
The book is easy to use with many clear and well thought out exercises that will be valuable to both the teachers and their students. Additional web notes, references, and bibliographies for every chapter enhance the book so it is both a text and a training manual."
Paul Jay Fink, M.D., Former American Psychiatric Association President


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Authors and affiliations

  • Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers
    • 1
  1. 1.RutgersThe State University of New JerseyUSA

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