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Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America

UW-L Author: R. Lee Goodhart, Ed.D. Emeritus
Educational Studies
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon

Koppelman, Kent L., with R. Lee Goodhart. Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2005.

For multicultural education/diversity as well as general education courses. Students develop conceptual understanding about complex and emotionally-charged issues of diversity in today's world. The author uses clear examples, lucid language, and engaging activities to involve students in thinking through fundamental ideas that ground their understanding of diversity. The author investigates three converging elements in his examination of human differences: individual attitudes and behaviors, cultural expectations, and institutional policies and practices. This examination provides the basis for the conceptual organization of the text.

About the Author

Dr. Richard Lee Goodhart, School of Education, retired from the UWL faculty after the summer 2001 term.

He came to UW La Crosse in 1966 as secondary English language arts educator. In 1972, Dr Goodhart began the English Education Resource Center through the Center for Education Professions. In 1974, he began the first UW Extension program at UWL, and served as UWL Education Extension director from 1976 to 1982. In 1978, he created the structure that established the current clinical experience program and became the first UWL clinical experiences director. He served as UWL Director of Field Learning from 1986 to 1991.

He returned to the classroom in 1992, and besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education, undertook to continue teacher education faculty exchanges with the University of Wales, Swansea. Dr. Goodhart was first at UWL to teach 4-week summer courses and later the first to offer January- and May-term courses.

Upon leaving administrative work in 1992, he returned to the Educational Foundations Department and taught courses in educational research, American public education, and human relations. He enjoyed all teaching assignments, including summer school, off-campus, and weekends.

Currently, Goodhart divides his time between traveling as advisor, consultant, and developer of unique university-based graduate programs. He is currently working with author Kent Koppelman on a third edition of their college textbook, Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education an a Diverse America. Goodhart also presents concepts from the textbook to a wide array of audiences.

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