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Defining and designing multiculturalism: One school systemís efforts


reviewed by Karen Carrier ó 2003

coverTitle: Defining and designing multiculturalism: One school systemís efforts
Author(s): Pepi Leistyna
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791455084, Pages: 329, Year: 2002
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In Defining and designing multiculturalism: One school systemís efforts, Leistyna details his three-year study of a school districtís efforts to reverse decades of segregation, discrimination, and neglect of its culturally and linguistically diverse students.† There is no mystery as to what the final outcome was because Leistyna lets us know immediately that, despite earnest and lengthy efforts, the Multicultural Central Steering Committee (CSC) of Changeton (Leistynaís pseudonym for this large east coast school district) was unsuccessful in reducing the tension and remedying the social injustice endemic in the school system.† Despite our foreknowledge of the disappointing results, there is plenty to learn here.† Through his cogent and thorough analysis of the issues and efforts surrounding the CSCís multicultural design, Leistyna gives us a different lens through which to examine our own efforts at implementing multiculturalism.† Constituted in 1993 with the blessing of its superintendent, the CSC, a volunteer group of teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, was charged with providing ďa foundation for working toward mitigating the racism and cultural strife... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1241-1244
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11097, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 9:48:58 AM

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  • Karen Carrier
    Northern Illinois University
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    KAREN A. CARRIER is Assistant Professor in Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. She is involved in professional development for teachers working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Her research interests include minority teacher preparation and second language listening. One of her forthcoming publications is ďPersonal and professional success in a bilingual teacher training projectĒ with James Cohen, in NABE Journal of Research & Practice.
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