Because of the Kids
Facing Racial and Cultural Differences in Urban Schools
AUTHOR: Obidah, Jennifer and Teel, Karen Manheim
PUBLISHER: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
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This fascinating account details the story of two teacher-researchers, Jennifer, who is African American, and Karen, who is White, as they set out on a collaborative three-year study to explore the impact of racial and cultural differences in Karen's urban middle school classroom.
Not anticipating that their own differences would become a threat to their project, the two women describe how they learn to confront and deal with the challenges they face so that they can work together. Their study presents the difficulties and importance of collaborations between teachers from different racial and cultural backgrounds as well as keen insights into how race and culture evolve in teacher-student interactions. Of particular interest is an interview with the authors by Lisa Delpit and Dr. Delpit's analysis of their experience.
Teachers and researchers will also find valuable practical advice about conducting cross-cultural collaboration and suggestions for persevering during difficult times.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/1/2000