Negotiating Identities: Education for Empowerment in a Diverse Society

Auteur Jim Cummins.
Titre Negotiating Identities: Education for Empowerment in a Diverse Society
Année 1996.
ISBN ISSN 1889094005.
Maisons d'édition California Association for Bilingual Education
Publisher URL URL
Place of Publication California.
Publication Type Book.
Location CRRF.
Pages 290.
Sujet Education; Language Education; Minority Representation
CRRF Identifier Ed-LE-BR-146
Last modified 7/08/12
English Abstract

In writing on the topic of education for empowerment in diverse communities, the author argues argument that in order to obtain this system of empowerment, the schools must show a true commitment to this issue. Cummins points out that the only way that this goal can be achieved is if the schools recognize that the interaction between educators and minority students is representative of the historical patterns of disempowerment of minority communities, and actively work to challenge and change the institutionalized policies of disempowerment. However, Cummins also places a large degree of responsibility on individual teachers to change the power structure in their own classrooms to be a better representation of the type of society where everyone is valued equally.

Human relationships are at the heart of schooling. (Jim Cummins, p.1) Educators and students together can create, through their classroom interactions, a microcosm of the kind of society where everybody feels a strong sense of belonging regardless of race, gender, language, culture, creed or sexual orientation. (p.vii)

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