This book is for teachers, teacher educators, school and district administrators, policy makers, and researchers who want to know about literacy, cultural diversity, and students who speak little or no English. It offers a rich picture of the incredible diversity of students who enter secondary school as immigrants--their abilities, their needs, and their aspirations.
This work presents a practical guide to creating effective, school-based responses to the difficult problem of dealing with troubled youth in schools, based on an "ecological" approach to collaboration among school professionals and community members. The two themes of "prevention" and "connection" pervade the practices that are described in this timely contribution.
The main purpose of this new perspective on the results of my April 2011 survey of caseworkers at high schools across the state of Kansas regarding transition practices with African-American, Native American Indian, and Hispanic/Latino students, is to more systematically incorporate qualitative data from the optional comments added by any caseworkers to expand on their Likert responses. Splichal (2015) said, "Individual truth about lived experiences is an ever-changing and evolving process of interpretation of the human phenomena, both within and outside of the structures that surround us, therefore truth becomes each researcher's interpretation" (p. 95). It is this deeper, more human-level at which I want to understand the dynamics of multicultural transition practices from my examination of what the words of these survey respondents can tell us about their attitudes, beliefs, and intentions.
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