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Encyclopedia of Diversity in Educationsage encyclopedia of diversity

Edited by James A. Banks

With about 700 signed entries with cross-references and recommended readings, the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education presents research and statistics, case studies, and best practices, policies, and programs at pre- and postsecondary levels. Diversity is a worldwide phenomenon, and while most of the entries in the Encyclopedia will focus on the United States, diversity issues and developments in nations around the world, including the United States, are intricately connected. Consequently, to illuminate the many aspects of diversity, this volume will contain entries from different nations in the world. From A-to-Z, this Encyclopedia will cover the full spectrum of diversity issues, including race, class, gender, religion, language, exceptionality, and the global dimensions of diversity as they relate to education. This four-volume reference work will be the definitive reference for diversity issues in education in the United States and the world. The four-volume Sage Reference Publication is available in both print and electronic formats.

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Worldwide Book Launch of the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

The first launch of the Encyclopedia was held on November 9, 2012, on the University of Washington campus when the Center for Multicultural Education also celebrated its 20th Anniversary. This 20th Year Celebration and Book Launch was attended by more than 200 people. Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University gave the keynote address at this Launch and 20th Year Celebration. Most of the other speakers were faculty members and a student from the College of Education at the University of Washington. The guest speakers were Seungho Moon (Oklahoma State University), Ozlem Sensoy (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Tyrone Howard (University of California, Los Angeles).

Book Launches of the Encyclopedia were held in these institutions after Launch on the University of Washington campus: Institute of Education, University of London; Teachers College, Columbia University; the University of Calgary, Canada; and the University of Hong Kong, China. In addition to the book launches at five major research universities, sessions that focused on the Encyclopedia were held at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California), the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (Seoul, Korea), and the International Association of Intercultural Education (Zagreb, Croatia). This publication describes the participants in each of the book launches and session at annual conferences.

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From the published reviews of the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

A trawl through this impressive work confirms that it is truly encyclopaedic in both its authoritativeness and in its comprehensiveness of topics and geographic reach. The contributors present research and statistics, case studies and best practices, policies and programmes from early years to university level.

With its remarkable currency – though it took four years to develop – its scholarliness, its scope and accessibility, and its wealth of references, cross-references and recommended readings, no university can afford to be without the online version. Their students will be greatly supported by this single immense but coherent resource. This is a remarkably ambitious undertaking by Professor Banks, with his judicious election of and support for his section editors and his own expertise and wisdom, he has brought [this project] off triumphantly. Those of us working in the fields the encyclopaedia covers will soon wonder how we ever managed without it.

Race Equality Teaching (published in the United Kingdom)


Given the importance of diversity in education at all levels, the intensity of debates around high-profile court cases over many decades, and the increasingly diverse composition of American society, the wonder is that a reference work of this scope and depth hasn’t been produced sooner. The global range of topics found in this A–Z encyclopedia will stretch many readers’ concept of diversity. In addition to coverage of gender-equity topics, the effects of Title IX, indigenous languages, and the digital divide, examples include campus balkanization and segregation, intelligence testing, bilingualism, Hmong Americans, Islam in Asian education, Puerto Rican studies, and religious pluralism.

The majority of contributors, most of them academics, are affiliated with American universities, greatly outnumbering authors from other countries. Their 700 signed articles explore multiple aspects of their subjects and analyze how issues relate to the broad subject of diversity. Standard encyclopedia features—such as cross-references; end-of-article bibliographies; a thematic table of contents, complementing the alphabetical list; and a comprehensive index—expand the articles’ information value and enhance access to the articles.

. . . This unique encyclopedia will prove its value, especially in academic libraries, in cultural studies, education, history, public policy, and other fields.

Booklist, published by the American Library Association


The almost 700 signed entries cover such varied topics as legislation (“Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974”), organizations (“National Association for Multicultural Education”), court cases (“Brown vs. Board of Education [1954]”), and ideas or ideologies (“Equity in Assessment”). While the perspective here is global, the majority of entries focus on the United States; especially helpful, however, are the overview articles covering the world’s major nations, such as “Japan, Multicultural Education in”…VERDICT Well written and feature-rich (reader’s guide, chronology, sidebar articles), and the only recent work of its kind, this set will work in large public libraries and is highly recommended for academic collections, especially those that support teacher training programs.

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