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21st Century Diversity, Educational Equity, and Transformative Change

  • Suniti SharmaEmail author
  • Althier M. Lazar
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Part of the Education, Equity, Economy book series (EEEC, volume 7)

Abstract

This chapter serves as an introduction to the book, Rethinking 21st Diversity in Teacher Preparation, K-12 Education, and School Policy: Theory, Research, and Practice. In engaging with diversity, the authors of this book lend a fresh perspective to how we understand diversity in K-12 contexts by considering not just what diversity means but also how it matters, where, for whom, and to what effects. The authors comprise a diverse intellectual and global mix of education faculty, school leaders, policy researchers and K-12 teachers. How the authors identify, articulate, and respond to diversity from distinct theoretical orientations, research methodologies, and teaching philosophies is also a response to the age-old debates: What is the purpose of public schools? Who is being served by public schools? Whose knowledge counts? Who defines what knowledge counts and for whom? Where does K-12 diversity fit into these conversations and debates? How do we prepare teachers for teaching K-12 diversity? The authors’ response to these questions is timely and offer diverse perspectives on how to rethink teaching and learning aimed at educational equity and equal opportunity for all students.

Keywords

Diversity Educational equity K-12 education Teacher preparation Identity and power School policy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationSaint Joseph’s UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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