ERIC Number: ED200091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Study of Ethnic Groups.
Brown, Peggy, Ed.; And Others
Forum for Liberal Education, v3 n5 Mar 1981
Nine ethnic studies programs in higher education are described and the essay, "The Future of Ethnic Studies," by Thad Radzialowski, is presented. Radzialowski believes that ethnic studies can help students explore the meaning of pluralism and provide them with insights into the nature of community in America. It is suggested that ethnic studies programs must overcome a tendency to focus solely on the customs and manners of the people they study in favor of the study of change and adaptation and of the complex evolution of the bonds and loyalties that underlie community at all levels. Several of the programs that are described draw on the resources of a variety of ethnic groups in their locale, while others provide an academic program centered on one immigrant group that has settled in the region. Traditional minority studies areas and a few atypical area studies programs are represented. The programs are as follows: Scandinavian areas studies at Augsburg College, Chicano studies at Washington State University, comparative ethnic studies at Towson State University, The Appalachian Center at University of Kentucky, Irish-American studies program at Westfield State College, American Indian studies program at Dakota Wesleyan University, Crossroads Oklahoma at Oklahoma State University, Black Studies program at Washington University, and the Ethnic Activities Center of Mid-America at William Jewell College. Additional programs are briefly described that are offering multicultural education training to primary and secondary teachers. (SW)
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, Area Studies, Black Studies, College Curriculum, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Origins, Ethnic Studies, Ethnicity, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Immigrants, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Mexican Americans, Racial Relations, Rural Areas, Rural Population
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.