ERIC Number: ED348691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Connections through Inclusion (Multicultural Writing Community of the Two Year College).
Education, like experience in general, is not static but evolutionary. The writing classroom of the two-year college must and does function as a multicultural environment which replaces the traditional melting pot metaphor with images of mosaic and tapestry. Today, over 50% of college freshmen are enrolled in two-year colleges, and these include students who are diverse in economic backgrounds, religions, races, and writing abilities. Thus, a sense of the world community has influenced the environments of composition classrooms. Primarily, it is vital that diversity and multiculturalism remain key aspects of the move toward such a community. In diverse classrooms, groups and assignments can be organized to include as many perspectives as possible. Reading aloud to the students can foster interesting discussions. Portfolio assessment can also provide momentum for student revision. Computer networking in composition courses also has proven useful. In short, the multicultural writing classroom can produce the necessary connections for all students, and multicultural writing communities strengthen the student writer and reader. (HB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Discourse Communities, Group Activities, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Undergraduate Students, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).