Strengths-Based Portraits of Culturally Diverse Families
Providing both a theoretical framework and practical strategies, this resource will help teachers, counsellors and related service providers develop understanding and empathy to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities. The text features narrative portraits of six immigrant families and their children with disabilities, including their cultural histories and personal perspectives regarding assessment, diagnosis, Individualised Education Program (IEP) meetings and other instances in which families engaged with the special education process. Using guiding questions for reflection and ‘Talk Back’ comments from pre-service students throughout the text, readers are encouraged to reflect on their own positionality and to develop nuanced and dynamic understandings of CLD children, youth and families – countering persistent and stereotypical deficit views.
This book features:
- in-depth descriptions of immigrant family ecologies
- strategies for challenging a system that has been implicated in the overrepresentation of minorities in special education
- artwork, photographs and other materials from students and families
- ‘Talk Back’ sections featuring personal reflections and feedback on the portrait narratives of pre-service teachers
- questions to facilitate meaningful classroom discussions
- a personal action plan framework to guide improvements in cultural competence and inclusive special education practices.
|Publish date||2020-06-30 00:00:00|
|Partner Name||Columbia Teachers College Press|
|Key Learning Area||Cross-Curricular|