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A Needed Change in Perspective: A Book Review of Fish Out of Water

A Needed Change in Perspective: A Book Review of Fish Out of Water JME Book review 13,4 by Tiffany R. Larson University of North Texas Fall 2018 ISBN: 469-223-1286 Review DOI 10.1108/JME-11-2019-074 Despite decades of advocacy for culturally proficient communities and schools, there are still achievement gaps among the marginalized and exclusionary practices among the dominant. In Fish Out of Water: Mentoring, Managing, and Self-Monitoring People Who Don’t Fit In, Kikanza Nuri-Robins and Lewis Bundy flip the culturally proficient focus so that the so- called fish out of water can advocate for themselves. Summary of argument While still supporting the need for inclusive and culturally responsive and proficient communities (supported by researchers like Hateley, Singleton, Ladson-Billings and Gay), this book is directed to those who are often marginalized rather than those in dominant positions. Nuri-Robins and Bundy (2016, p. 2) state: In this book, we speak to members of non-dominant cultures and provide them with tools for functioning effectively- or even thriving- in environments that are not yet ready or able to embrace them. Based on this declaration, it is important to note the slightly different populations that the book addresses directly: those who are marginalized and those who manage or mentor the marginalized. As noted above, the need for culturally proficient http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for Multicultural Education Emerald Publishing

A Needed Change in Perspective: A Book Review of Fish Out of Water

Journal for Multicultural Education , Volume 13 (4): 3 – Oct 31, 2019

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JME Book review 13,4 by Tiffany R. Larson University of North Texas Fall 2018 ISBN: 469-223-1286 Review DOI 10.1108/JME-11-2019-074 Despite decades of advocacy for culturally proficient communities and schools, there are still achievement gaps among the marginalized and exclusionary practices among the dominant. In Fish Out of Water: Mentoring, Managing, and Self-Monitoring People Who Don’t Fit In, Kikanza Nuri-Robins and Lewis Bundy flip the culturally proficient focus so that the so- called fish out of water can advocate for themselves. Summary of argument While still supporting the need for inclusive and culturally responsive and proficient communities (supported by researchers like Hateley, Singleton, Ladson-Billings and Gay), this book is directed to those who are often marginalized rather than those in dominant positions. Nuri-Robins and Bundy (2016, p. 2) state: In this book, we speak to members of non-dominant cultures and provide them with tools for functioning effectively- or even thriving- in environments that are not yet ready or able to embrace them. Based on this declaration, it is important to note the slightly different populations that the book addresses directly: those who are marginalized and those who manage or mentor the marginalized. As noted above, the need for culturally proficient

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Journal for Multicultural EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 31, 2019

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