ERIC Number: ED343852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-27
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Seeing the Island from the Other Shore: Attempts To Bring Together Teacher Education Students from Predominantly White and Historically Black Institutions.
Erb, Dorothy J.; Keesbury, Forrest
The absence of cultural diversity in the student body at Marietta College (Ohio) and in the surrounding public school sites has been a concern of the education department at Marietta College. To help provide an effective multicultural experience for preservice teachers, Marietta College built a cooperative student exchange program with Stillman College (Alabama), a historically black institution. The week-long program provided experiences in culturally, racially, and socioeconomically diverse classrooms. It also arranged for two Marietta education department faculty members to spend a week at Stillman College. While at Stillman, Marietta students roomed with Stillman students and were immersed in the daily life of the college. Each student spent a week observing and interacting in a public school classroom. They toured the city to view housing and living conditions. Feedback from students and faculty at both colleges indicated both personal and professional impact. There was a dramatic change in appreciation and understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Marietta College plans several more Stillman College trips. It has made a commitment to obtain resources to make the Stillman project campus-wide. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Marietta College OH; Stillman College AL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Antonio, TX, February 25-28, 1992).