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The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A Primer for Practice, Training, and Research

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Do You Know These Children?

  • Ethnically and racially diverse students represent 43% of the U.S. student population.
  • 20% of U.S. students 17 and younger are Latino.
  • Approximately 20% of children ages 5–17 speak a language other than English at home, and 5 percent speak English with difficulty.
  • 34% of Indigenous American children, 33% of Black students, 26% of Latino students, and 17% of U.S. students overall, live in poverty.
  • In 2007, about 16 million children age 17 and under had at least one immigrant parent.
  • 86% of sexual minority youth report being harassed at school.

What more do you need to know?

Understanding the diverse cultural, linguistic, and educational needs of students is essential to creating genuinely inclusive and effective schools where all children can thrive. This is includes embracing individuality in diverse children and their families, as well as understanding the cultural foundations of learning and behavior. Edited by Janine M. Jones, The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A Primer for Practice, Training, and Research provides school professionals the tools necessary to become culturally responsive practitioners, enhance student progress, and close the achievement gap.

Organized in two sections, the book’s 10 chapters cover:

Part I: Conceptual Foundations—reflects on the theoretical basis for understanding multiculturalism in the schools, including cultural competence, privilege, social justice, cultural knowledge, and training.

Part II: Practical Applications—includes specific clinical, research, and policy applications of multicultural service delivery, addressing issues associated with everyday practice in schools.

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