Practicing What We Teach

Confronting Diversity in Teacher Education

Edited by Renee J. Martin

Subjects: Teaching And Learning
Series: SUNY series, The Social Context of Education
Paperback : 9780791425503, 304 pages, August 1995
Hardcover : 9780791425497, 304 pages, September 1995

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Renee J. Martin

Alternative Templates: Building New Foundations

1. Teaching Controversial Issues in Higher Education: Pedagogical Techniques and Analytical Framework
Julie Andrzejewski

2. Thinking about Diversity: Paradigms, Meanings, and Representations
Robert Muffoletto

3. Teaching about Diversity through Reflectivity: Sites of Uncertainty, Risk, and Possibility
Kathleen S. Farber

4. Deconstructing Myth, Reconstructing Reality: Transcending the Crisis in Teacher Education
Renee J. Martin

5. What's All This White Male Bashing?
Carl Allsup

Impact and Implications of Biography for Pedagogy

6. Multicultural Teacher Education for a Culturally Diverse Teaching Force
Carmen Montecinos

7. Teaching Whites about Racism
Christine Sleeter

8. Creating Classroom Environments for Change
Keith Osajima

9. What's in It for Me?: Persuading Nonminority Teaching Education Students to Become Advocates for Multicultural Education
Kent Koppelman and Robert Richardson

Multiple Realities: Multiple Enactments

10. Reflecting on Cultural Diversity through Early Field Experience
William D. Armaline

11. To Participate . . . To Speak Out: A Story from San Elizario, Texas
Elizabeth Quintero and Ana Huerta-Macias

12. Theoretical Perspectives and Multicultural Applications
Lourdes Diaz Soto and Tina Richardson

13. Beyond Bats and Balls: Teaching about Knowledge, Culture, Power, and Ideology in Physical Education
Robyn S. Lock

14. Seeds of Change: A Pilot Study of Senior Preservice Teachers' Responses to Issues of Human Diversity in One University Course
Evelyn McCain-Reid

15. The Coalition for Education That Is Multicultural: A Network of Advocates for Educational Equity
Marilynne Boyle-Baise


This book provides new teachers with concepts and pedagogical strategies designed to enhance the unique and individual characteristics of an increasingly diverse student population.


Focusing on the efforts of teacher educators struggling to meaningfully address issues of race, class, and gender in their classrooms, Practicing What We Teach goes beyond the realm of the theoretical to link multicultural theory to actual classroom practice. In so doing the contributors expose some of the stark realities of addressing issues of diversity in institutions where there has traditionally been little research or support for multicultural efforts. Shared classroom experience by teacher educators creates a new template for thinking about diversity as the reader is guided through the reconstruction of pedagogies and classroom approaches that encourage students to think reflectively and analytically about the nature of their experiences in American society.

Renee J. Martin is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at The University of Toledo.


"This book will be useful in raising awareness of the common problems teacher educators face when trying to teach controversial content. It will help provide a forum for support and reeducation. " — Roberta Ahlquist, San Jose State University

"There is currently growing attention among teacher educators on how to treat issues of diversity and multicultural education in teacher education programs. This book speaks directly to that set of issues. " — Lauren Jones Young, Michigan State University