ERIC Number: ED392500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
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Crossing Frontiers: A Course that Bridges Racial and Institutional Divides.
Bogert, David E.
In an effort to research and document the history and contributions of African Americans in Osceola County, Florida, Valencia Community College implemented the African American History Project. The Project is a dual enrollment course allowing high school students to receive college and high school credits simultaneously. the approach of the project is multidisciplinary, incorporating faculty from humanities, speech, English, computer science, law, and graphic arts. The course begins with the history of African Americans in the United States, then narrows to explore African American contributions in Florida and Osceola County. In the course, students are exposed to the art, poetry, and films of classic and contemporary African Americans, and receive instruction in oral history interviewing, photography, formal research writing, research techniques, word processing, and project planning. The project attempts to demonstrate what can be accomplished through effective articulation of secondary and postsecondary education, exposes individuals to a multicultural perspective, and promotes cross-disciplinary awareness. Twenty-four students participated in the first semester of the course, but due to problems with course scheduling and project coordination, only three received college credit. Suggestions for planning similar programs are included. Appendixes include a concept paper, instructional schedule, course outline, list of activities, and syllabus for the course; a description of the first oral history interviewing project; and ideas for presentation planning. (TGI)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Black History, Black Literature, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Dual Enrollment, High School Students, History Instruction, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, United States History
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Valencia Community College FL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (17th, Austin, TX, May 21-24, 1995).