ERIC Number: ED218164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Clarifying the Concepts of Ethnicity, Community, and Culture.
Johnston, Barry V.; Allsup, Vernon C.
This paper presents a conceptual overview of a sociohistorical method used to teach a course on ethnicity to college students. It also describes implementation and student assessment of the team-taught course. The first part of the paper describes the approach, which was directed toward an increased understanding of ethnic history through the use of sociological concepts. The model used to teach the course incorporated three questions: Where does society stand in human history and how is it affected by the historical period? What is the nature and structure of a particular social order? and What is the meaning of humanness in a particular period and what sort of people prevail in that period? The model also takes into account how assimilation, pluralism, segregation, and militancy affect the minority members' concept of their ethnic identity, community, and culture. The second part of the paper focuses on implementation of the approach. To reach the goals generated by the sociohistorical method a basic text/lecture approach was supplemented by an independent research project for the 14 students in the class. Some of the questions that appeared on different examinations are provided as an illustration of the approach and content of the course. The last part of the paper discusses the students' assessments. Students found that materials and information in the course helped them conceptualize society and change; felt positive toward the sociohistorical approach; and believed that the course changed their assumptions about race and ethnic relations in the United States. (NE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Los Angeles, CA, December 27-30, 1981).