Date: 30-Aug-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Linguistic Diversity and Teaching: Commins, Miramontes
Title: Linguistic Diversity and Teaching
Series Title: A Volume in the Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling Series
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Nancy L. Commins, University of Colorado at Denver
Author: Ofelia B. Miramontes, University of Colorado at Boulder
Paperback: ISBN: 0805827366 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 22.50
"Linguistic Diversity and Teaching" raises questions and provides a context for reflection regarding the complex issues surrounding new English learners in the schools. These issues exist within a highly charged political climate and involve not only language, but also culture, class, ethnicity, and the persistent inequities that characterize our educational system. The text addresses these issues through conversations among experts, practitioners, and readers that are informed by representative case studies and by a range of theoretical approaches. It is designed to engage readers in beginning to evolve their own practical theories, to help them explore and perhaps modify some basic beliefs and assumptions, and to become acquainted with other points of view. Throughout, readers are encouraged to interact with the text and to develop their own perspective on the issue of linguistic diversity and teaching. This is the fourth volume in "Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling: A Series for Prospective and Practicing Teachers", edited by Daniel P. Liston and Kenneth M. Zeichner. It follows the same format as previous volumes in the series.