The American flag represents a multicultural nation. (Photo by Denise Krebs)

As the United States continues to maintain its “melting pot” nickname because of how many cultures and ethnicties make up this great nation, classrooms are now filled with more cultures than ever. Teachers must be aware of this diversity and use the best methods to educate students of all backgrounds.

According to Amazon.com, these five books are considered some of the most comprehensive and informative texts on the topic of multicultural education:

1. Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives by James A. Banks and Cherry A. McGee Banks (2009 – Wiley Publishing)
This 480-page comprehensive book explores various teaching and educational methods that are appropriate for both young males and females as well as students of different ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic groups, and religions. The book addresses a variety of issues that arise in education, and the intended audience of the book is for prospective or current teachers.

2. Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice by editor and Wayne Au (2009 – Rethinking Schools, Ltd.)
As Americans strive to move toward a society that is more accepting of everyone, this book is a perfect example of how educators are trying to make the learning process appropriate and engaging for students of all backgrounds. It presents an anti-racist, socially just viewpoint on how education should be available for every student no matter what the color of their skin is or what kind of home they come from. The book is 385 pages long and is primarily intended for current teachers or aspiring teachers who are looking for some unique perspectives on their field.

3. Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society (with MyEducationLab) (8th Edition) by Donna M. Gollnick and Philip C. Chinn (2008 – Allyn & Bacon)
A pluralistic society is made up of many individuals from a plethora of backgrounds and classes. This particular textbook delves into how education is unique in such a society with students froma  multitude of cultures. It explores the following eight subjects in relation to a multicultural classroom: ethnicity and race, class and socioeconomic status, gender and sexual orientation, exceptionality, language, religion, geography, and age. With 464 pages of comprehensive information and examples, along with a video feature of real classroom environments, you will be fully aware of what to expect in current and future generations of students.

4. Multicultural Education by Valerie Ooka Pang (2004 – McGraw-Hill)
This 528-page book focuses on what teachers need to specifically know to effectively communicate with and educate their students in a multicultural learning environment. The author takes a personalized approach by discussing some of her own experiences as an educator and relating these stories to current and future teachers.

5. An Introduction to Multicultural Education, 4th Edition by James A. Banks (2007 – Allyn & Bacon)
This short 176-page text is an introduction to teaching students in a diverse classroom. Two of the main topics discussed in  it are the goals toward having a better educational system with regard to diversity and some of the most effective teaching approaches that instructors can take to make their students flourish. Since this book is an introduction, it is primarily written for teachers who are beginning their careers in education.

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