Twenty-two American academics, education administrators, and journalists contribute 11 chapters examining the ways identity and culture affect middle and high school students. Several specific aspects of identity are explored: race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, social class, ability and disability, and spirituality. Expanding on the strengths and insights of the 2003 edition, the second edition has been revised throughout and contains much new material including a chapter on the relationships and adaptations in school of immigrant adolescents, a chapter on adolescent spirituality in public schools, a commentary by Howard Gardner discussing the implications of his theory on multiple intelligences for adolescent identity development, a review of recent research on the "acting white" theory, and a profile of a female-to-male transgender youth. For teachers, administrators, and parents. Annotation c2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Michael Sadowski is an assistant professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College. He is the former editor of the Harvard Education Letter and editor of Teaching Immigrant and Second-Language Students (Harvard Education Press).