ERIC Number: ED204039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Cultural Training Semester: A Model Field-Based Program in Multi-Cultural Education for Non-Urban Universities.
Williams, Shirley S.; And Others
Following a decade of growth in the size and variety of Wisconsin's ethnic minority communities, a study by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UW-O) indicated need for a program to train teachers and human service professionals in the culture, traditions, and values of ethnic minority groups. Under a 1-year Ethnic Heritage Grant, UW-O established a Cultural Training Center program designed to do this by combining activities of community agencies in minority communities and a university multicultural center. The basic operational plan for all training centers included: (1) an orientation and planning session for all those collaborating on the student seminar and model for dissemination; (2) an all-day 2-week student seminar on minority culture, traditions, and values; (3) a 1 to 10 week all-day field experience for students in minority communities with minority agencies and schools, to help them understand the cultural glue that holds minority communities together; (4) a 2-day cultural retreat in which students are taken to an isolated campsite and totally immersed in minority culture(s); and (5) final on-campus appraisal sessions in which students begin to process what they have learned about themselves and others and plan how to use this ethnic learning in their professional lives. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Oshkosh. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Cultural Training Semester; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Wisconsin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Minority Studies (9th, Las Cruces, NM, April 1981). Partially funded by the Wisconsin University System American Ethnic Studies Coordinating Committee at Large.