Wednesday, June 22, 2011
American Educational Research Association Selects Book on Deficit Thinking for 2011 Outstanding Book Award
Educational psychologist Richard Valencia’s most recent book, “Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking” (Routledge, 2010), was selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the 2011 Outstanding Book Award.
“Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking” critiques “deficit thinking,” an approach to student academic failure fraught with racial and class bias that places blame upon the student and his or her background. The deficit thinking approach has existed for almost a century and has been applied to American minority students.
Described as a “superlative treatment” of deficit…