Pedagogies for Diverse Learners: Tools for Discovery and Development provides profiles of diverse learners and the specific learning and teaching strategies needed to raise student academic achievement, honor students’ identities, and support students’ sense of belonging and wellbeing. During the pandemic and the pivot to online learning, many students attending K-12 and higher education experienced learning loss and gaps in their education. Ten key overarching pedagogies for diverse learners address how to maximize student engagement in learning, develop nurturing and trustworthy relationships, and raise student achievement for high school and undergraduate and graduate college students. Pedagogies for Diverse Learners includes ethical learning and teaching practices, such as the right to be seen and appreciated, as well as academic achievement due to students’ expectations and actual experiences of success. Strategies to recognize and value diverse student identities, experiences, and preferred ways of learning appear throughout the book. Tools for Discovery and Development involves diverse learners in the study of difference, and ways to integrate their culture and experiences as a strength to support their academic success. Strategies to recognize and value diverse student identities, experiences, and preferred ways of learning appear throughout the book.
Sarah J. Noonan, Ed.D., Professor Emerita, served as a K-12 teacher, state director of gifted education, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools, associate professor in higher education and department chair, and executive fellow in the Department of Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Research and publications topics academic student procrastination, engaging pedagogy, and academic research and writing. To date Noonan has chaired 53 doctoral dissertations on leadership, culture, and change. Contact via email@example.com.
1Reclaiming Our Native Youth: Native Pedagogies
2Radical Listening and Love: Introduction to Social Justice and Healing Pedagogies
3Designing Learning Activities Using Social Justice and Healing Pedagogies
4The Changing Nature of Stress for Adult Learners During COVID-19
5The Secret Sauce of Exemplary Educators: Affective and Performance Pedagogies
Gail L. Weinhold
6My American Story: A Storytelling and Songwriting Project for Social Change
7The Centrality of Identity in the Learning Environment
Jayne Sommers and Christina Holmgren
8Academic Student Procrastination: Causes and Effects on Learners
9Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Pedagogies to Disrupt Academic Student Underachievement and Procrastination
10Dear Professor: The Meaning of Pedagogies for Diverse Learners
I was informed, empowered, and inspired after reading Pedagogies for Diverse Learners: Tools for Discovery and Development! Full of stories and current research, the book illustrates the power and impact of student-centered learning and teaching. Pedagogies for Diverse Learners underscores the importance of centering the lived and historical experiences of diverse students to optimize their engagement, and ultimately their academic success. Every chapter offers a unique perspective and specific, practical pedagogies to ensure students thrive in school and in their future lives.
Pedagogies for Diverse Learners: Tools for Discovery and Development highlights a dance educators and students do during the teaching and learning process as it weaves together chapters focused on reclaiming Native youth, radical listening, identity, social change, and the meaning of pedagogies for diverse learners. Each chapter presented scenarios students and teachers face on a day-to-day basis as they uplift diverse perspectives and challenge the status quo. As Dr. Sarah Noonan eloquently said, “Professors and teachers stand in the middle of a continuum and feel the pull of planning lessons based on learner characteristics and needs on one end and teaching disciplinary knowledge, skills, and dispositions at the other end.” The constant tension that is highlighted throughout the book illustrates the complexities educators must address as they seek to teach and support students. It is this tension that sits with the reader throughout each chapter and allows one to appreciate the art and science of teaching.
The 'secret sauce' of highly effective teachers involves nurturing student-teacher relationships and teacher engagement and energy which by doing so 'fosters learning environments filled with joy, engagement, purpose, and motivation.'
This text is a tour de force in Educational Studies. If you believe that learning is essential to growth; this is your map.