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Multicultural Strategies for Education and Social Change: Carriers of the Torch in the United States and South Africa


reviewed by W. James Jacob — December 07, 2006

coverTitle: Multicultural Strategies for Education and Social Change: Carriers of the Torch in the United States and South Africa
Author(s): Arnetha F. Ball
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774669X , Pages: 174, Year: 2006
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Arnetha F. Ball’s Multicultural Strategies for Education & Social Change is an enjoyable read that was written with the intent of demonstrating how sociocultural theory helps educators in their classrooms and researchers as they consider evaluating multicultural education courses in multiple contexts. Too often teachers prepare courses based on traditional centric perspectives limited to a single national context. Ball argues that this approach is outdated and unrepresentative of today’s educational context. Instead, Ball proposes implementing an expanded global view that includes meeting the needs of racially, ethnically, and linguistically marginalized students. In Chapter 1, Ball advocates a postmodernist theoretical standpoint, where she encourages preservice teachers to develop their own perspectives, providing the necessary underpinnings for their future academic and professional careers. The subtitle to the book is also made clear in this introductory chapter as Ball writes that she desires teachers to become carriers of the torch—or change agents—equipped with skills... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12877, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:48:41 AM

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  • W. James Jacob
    University of California, Los Angeles
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    W. JAMES JACOB is the Assistant Director at the Center for International and Development Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests are in International and Development Education; Organizational Leadership; Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation; HIV/AIDS Education Programs; Social Change and Development; Organizational Development; and Organizational Effectiveness.
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