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The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Sonia Nieto makes student learning the primary objective of multicultural education. She draws on a host of research in learning styles, multiple intelligences and cognitive theories to portray the way students learn. Nieto then takes the reader beyond individual learners to discuss the social context of learning, educational equity, the influence of culture on learning an ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published November 2nd 2005 by Teachers College Press (first published February 1999)
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Maria
May 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I just finished reading this book for my last unit which centered on diversity and mulitculturalism in education. It was an interesting read, especially when Nieto explored the area of language as culture and linguistics. (This was not something I would otherwise read!)
Rachel
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I wouldn't say I agreed with Nieto on a lot of things she writes, but this book provided me with an introduction to some of Paulo Freire's ideas--of humanizing pedagogy and education as a mode of demonstrating compassion to the oppressed.
Rose
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When that light "turns on" in a child, it makes all the tears of frustration, long days, and sleepless nights worth it. It's really there...you just have to believe in them.
Susan
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, diversity
Very insightful book.
Christina Olivares
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
love her, and love this book. took two courses with her, and definitely helped me put together a framework for working with the babies.
Jennifer
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to return to this one at some point. So inspiring and deeply challenging. My biggest takeaway so far is the centrality of relationships, of getting to know your students as they really are in order to see and work with their strengths. Also, the importance of structural change--but in an environment where structural change seems less and less possible, teachers need strategies to sustain their multicultural practices. The personal story of a teacher learning Spanish in order to better rel ...more
Thomas De Ceglie
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will be returning to this book frequently as I continue my career in education!
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
Some stuff I wrote for a class:
Sonia Nieto takes readers through a very clearly communicated rationale for multiculturalism and suggestions for implementation that it both easy to read and convincing. By sharing her personal experiences and her positionality as Puetro Rican woman, she reads as an authority on the subject while communicating that she is a real human person by occasionally using first person pronouns. While doing this, she avoids some of the pitfalls that dictatorial decrees hande
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Kyla
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
"When learning is defined primarily through standardized test scores, learning is restricted by narrowing the curriculum and pedagogy and reducing teacher motivation" (p. 33).

"Because developmentalism fails to ground itself within a critical understanding of power relationships of dominant and subordinate cultures, it has often privileged White middle-class notions of meaning and success" (p. 43)

In discussing the "at-risk" labeling of students: "...students' very cultural and ethnic identity, am
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Peter Mcloughlin
Going into teaching and being a substitute teacher right now I know the profession involves a lot of exhortation, fingerwagging and preaching with heavy doses of chicken soup for the soul inspirational messages. So it is only fair I guess that I have to take the same medicine I have to dole out. This book is that medicine. Like most multicultural and diversity books I'vb had to read it's the old fire and brimstone change your ways sinner before its to late and convert the heathen you get in sun ...more
Cathy
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must have for your multicultural teaching library.
Shailee
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
I love the deep ideas she has in this book and the eloquent ways she is able to convey them!
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