ERIC Number: ED306851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary, Internationally Oriented Faculty Resource Teams To Broaden the Scope of Undergraduate and Professional Curricula and Instruction.
Andersen, Linda R.
A project by California State University, Fullerton to internationalize the curriculum is described in this report. The school established an Interdisciplinary Internationally Oriented Faculty Resource Team chosen from its current faculty according to their international expertise in liberal arts, social sciences, or professional programs. Subteams design and give interactive presentations in existing junior, senior, and graduate classes, prepare background contextual materials, consult and interact with host instructors, and interact with other resource team members on the subjects. The project's ultimate goal is to enhance and broaden courses and facilitate interdisciplinary understanding and critical thinking by overcoming fragmentation, compartmentalization, and isolation. Faculty resource teams relate complex global issues. Topics presented in the initial year are the socialist world, national policies and their international impact, developing nations, culture learning, and culture and perception. Participant response to this program has been very enthusiastic. Students suggested that this approach would be very helpful in almost all university classes, and the given time frame should be expanded since so much material could be covered. All team members found their participation to be as much a learning as a teaching experience. Virtually all the host instructors wanted to invite a team back to their classes. (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Strategies, Global Approach, Higher Education, Holistic Approach, Intercultural Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Education, Models, Program Descriptions, Resource Teachers, State Universities, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Fullerton.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.