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Sonya Nieto's book, "The Light in Their Eyes" gives a clear perspective on multicultural education. It is an easy to read, enjoyable and understandable, focusing on the social context of learning. Nieto, suggests that “three issues need to be emphasized concerning the links among language, culture, and learning”.

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  • 1. The Light in Their Eyes By Sonya Nieto Urban Education, 716 UW-Milwaukee Dr. Chapman Fall 2007

2. Learning is More Than:

  • Course content
  • Classroom experience
  • Test scores
  • Final grades

3. Learning Is:

  • Actively constructed
  • Developed on experience
  • Creating & recreating ideas

4. Contradiction in Schools

  • Transmitted by teachers, yet actively constructed by students
  • Distrust teachers & students can construct meaning
  • Teaching basics under-serves students, assumes they cant do more
  • Severe with high concentrations of poverty, non-majority students

5. Cultural Capital

  • Experiences give advantages in learning
  • Schools serve some students
  • Fail to recognize experiences of other students

6. Teachers Need To:

  • Build on what students have
  • Not lament what students dont have
  • Not penalize students
  • Realize all students can learn

7. Cultural Differences

  • Influence learning
  • Constantly change
  • Are not barriers to learning
  • Are opportunities to reach out

8. Context of Learning

  • Social, political, economic factors influence learning
  • Affect teacher perceptions
  • What & how teachers teach

9. Cultural Sensitivity

  • Negative messages devalue some, often non-majority students
  • Difficult to identify with school
  • Students de-emphasize school achievement, protect self-esteem

10. Zone of Proximal Development

  • Schools must make learning accessible to students
  • Teachers actions influence whether and to what extent students learn
  • All children learn given opportunities for appropriate interactions

11. Inequities in Schools

  • Intentional or unintentional, doesnt matter
  • Results are same
  • Students respond to high expectations, caring, respect

12. Culture & Learning

  • Student identification, maintenance of native culture is good
  • Teacher is cultural accommodator, mediator
  • Focus on differences in isolation of broader context does not increase learning

13. Transforming Teachers

  • Learn about students
  • Identify with them
  • Build on strengths
  • Challenge displays of privilege, inherent biases

14. School Reform

  • Anti-racist, anti-bias
  • All students have talents, strengths
  • Those close to students must be meaningfully involved
  • High expectations & standards
  • Empowering & just

15. Multicultural Education

  • Framework for rethinking schools
  • Recognize all students as capable, worthy
  • Give hope, affirmation