ERIC Number: ED394908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-24
Reference Count: N/A
Diversity Brings Noise to the "Quiet, Peaceful Village": Challenges and Small Victories.
Fayne, Harriet; And Others
This presentation is a case study made up of student and faculty perspectives on bringing diversity and multicultural sensitivity to the education program at Otterbein College (Westerville, Ohio). An opening section describes Otterbein: its history; its characteristics as a small, predominantly white, coeducational, church-related liberal arts college; the work of its 1990 Commission on Diversity; and its efforts to increase campus diversity. A "faculty perspective" by Elizabeth Smith describes her efforts to design a course in multicultural education to move a homogeneous, white, Christian, largely Central Ohio undergraduate education population to a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness. One of this course's assignments requires each student to spend several hours in a setting where the student is in a distinct minority. Following this, a "student perspective" by Crystal Clark describes a student project to explore attitudes towards difference by interviewing individuals at a shopping mall about their reaction to interracial or homosexual couples. A second faculty perspective, by Michelina Smith, describes how the use of instructor as field supervisor for methods courses and the willingness of faculty to create a sense of "safe space" for students in the classroom help students in the development of multicultural education attitudes. Student and faculty comments on all these experiences are provided. The final section is a presentation by a recent graduate student on his development as a teacher of diverse students. (JB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Case Studies, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Institutional), Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Multicultural Education, Organizational Change, Preservice Teacher Education, Private Colleges, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversity (Student); Otterbein College OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).