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ERIC Number: ED308739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Facilitating Racial Appreciation through the Formal Curriculum.
Kenny, Maureen E.
In response to increasing incidents of racism on college campuses, an undergraduate course was developed to facilitate learning about racial relationships in a proactive manner. While universities promote student development in many ways through the formal and informal curriculum, aspects of social, emotional and ethical growth are generally viewed as the responsibility of student life divisions. This course represented an effort to merge the concerns of the academic and university life communities with a learning experience that would facilitate emotional and intellectual growth. The course included traditional academic requirements as well as an experiential component, in which undergraduates collaborated with graduate students and ethnic minority middle-school students in conducting field research and in facilitating career development discussion groups in an urban middle school. Of the two class meetings per week, one was held at the university and involved critical discussion among the undergraduates of the literature on youth unemployment. The second class session each week was held at the middle school and involved career development discussion in groups, each group consisting of two or three middle school students, one undergraduate and one graduate student (in Counseling Psychology). Undergraduates were also responsible for keeping a journal, collaborating on a field research project, and preparing a literature review and final report on the area of field research. Pre and post-course questionnaires (completed by the undergraduate and graduate students, middle school students and school administrators) suggested that this course assisted undergraduates in dispelling some stereotypical images and in developing feelings of increased competence and decreased anxiety in interacting with ethnic minority youth. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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