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Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9611-6
464 pages
April 2009, Jossey-Bass
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When the first edition of Diversity and Motivation was published in 1995, it became a premier resource for faculty and administrators seeking effective and practical strategies that foster motivation among culturally diverse student groups.

This revised and updated second edition of Diversity and Motivation offers a comprehensive understanding of teaching methods that promote respect, relevance, engagement, and academic success. Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski base their insights and concrete suggestions on their experiences and research as college faculty.

The book defines norms, illustrates practices, and provides tools to develop four foundational conditions for intrinsically motivated learning: establishing inclusion, developing a positive attitude, enhancing meaning, and engendering competence. The authors provide perspectives on the social justice implications of each condition.

Diversity and Motivation includes resources to help educators create a supportive community of learners, facilitate equitable discussions in linguistically diverse classrooms, design engaging lessons, and assess students fairly. The ideas in this book apply across disciplines and include teaching practices that can be easily adapted to a range of postsecondary settings.

In addition, the authors include a cohesive approach to syllabus construction, lesson design, and faculty development. This new edition also contains a framework for motivating students outside traditional classroom settings.

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Table of Contents



The Authors.

1. Understanding Relationships Between Culture and Motivation to Learn.

2. Establishing Inclusion.

3. Developing Attitude.

4. Enhancing Meaning.

5. Engendering Competence.

6. Implementing a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.


Resource A: Charting Insights from Lesson Study.

Resource B: Working with a Faculty Team to Introduce the Motivational Framework.

Resource C: The Motivational Framework.

Resource D: The Motivational Framework Lesson Plan.

Resource E: Facilitating Equitable Discussions Within a Multicultural Classroom.

Resource F: Effective Lecturing Within a Multicultural Classroom.

Resource G: Providing Written Feedback to Students in a Multicultural Classroom.

Resource H: Cooperative Lesson Worksheet.

Resource I: Inclusion, Attitude, Meaning, and Competence Rubrics.

Resource J: Peer Coaching Rubrics.

Resource K: Evaluating the Motivational Conditions of a Class.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

Margery B. Ginsberg is associate professor and director of Leadership for Learning, a doctoral program for aspiring superintendents and system-level leaders at the University of Washington–Seattle. Her publications include Motivation Matters: A Workbook for School Change and Creating Highly Motivating Classrooms for All Students: A Schoolwide Approach to Powerful Teaching with Diverse Learners. She focuses her work on the ongoing improvement of teaching in primary, secondary, and postsecondary education.

Raymond J. Wlodkowski is a former professor of educational psychology who specializes in motivation and adult learning. He is the author of Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn, winner of the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature.

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