ERIC Number: ED394917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Students Teach in a Diverse World: A Rationale and Course.
Butt, Mahmood; And Others
On the basis of a belief in the legitimacy of alternative learning styles, the importance of intercultural broadening, and the global nature of international education, the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations at Eastern Illinois University developed a new course, called "Diversity of Schools and Societies." Course objectives were: promoting better understanding of the theoretical foundations of multicultural education, culture, and cultural differences; strengthening critical thinking skills and helping students integrate fair-minded critical thinking, justice, and social action; making students more sensitive and responsive to prejudice, stereotypes, racism and their impact; building competence in incorporating multiculturalism in curriculum; and cultivating awareness of cultural diversity in global perspectives. The course included: a section on cultural analysis; a portion devoted to sharpening students' critical thinking skills; a theoretical analysis of the nature and development of prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination and racism; a study of the methodology of multicultural teaching; and two approaches to global education. A set of 24 video programs were also developed in an attempt to offer the course through distance learning to students enrolled at "feeder" community colleges in east central Illinois. The paper closes with a description of course assignments and a 54-item course bibliography. (Contains 76 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Course Content, Critical Thinking, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Diversity (Institutional), Global Approach, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Design, Racial Bias, Secondary Education, Stereotypes, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversity (Student); Eastern Illinois University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).