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Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education explores the untapped potential that narrative and experiential approaches have for understanding multicultural issues in education. The research featured in the book reflects an exciting new way of thinking about human experience. The studies focus on the lives of students, teachers, parents, and communities, highlighting experiences seldom discussed in the literature. Most importantly, the work emphasizes the understanding of experience and transforming this understanding into social and educational significance.

Teachers as Transformative Healers: Struggles with the Complexities of the Democratic Sphere
Teachers as transformative healers: Struggles with the complexities of the democratic sphere
Lourdes DiazSoto

To transform the world is to humanize it.

—Freire, 1985
Autobiographical Introduction

My childhood memories are those of a return migrant from Puerto Rico and New York City. Like the families and children I have interviewed (Soto, 1997a, 1997b, 1999, 2001a, 2001b, 2002a, 2002b, in press), I am a displaced border crosser experiencing the complexities of hybridity, oppression, and newly found privilege in academia. The South Bronx elementary school I attended (PS #20) has been destroyed, as was 1024 Fox Street—the building where my family and I lived. There are small row houses standing in the places where I rode my scooter, where my ...

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