ERIC Number: ED349852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Tourists in Our Own Land: Cultural Literacies and the College Curriculum.
This monograph, based on college transcripts of 10,700 students included in the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS-72), examines how culturally literate is the generation that is now in its thirties and what people in that generation studied that exposed them to different cultures, societies, and intellectual traditions. Findings determined that the amount of time spent on studying standard college subjects dwarfed the amount of time spent on studying all other cultural information combined. Also, exposure to cultural literacies other than that of western societies was extremely limited, and the bulk of this exposure to western traditions was confined to introductory-level courses. Additionally, the extent to which a student was exposed to cultural information was largely determined by his/her major. Recommendations are provided to students on how to approach, judge, and act upon their academic choices in light of the many requests and requirements from commissions, accreditation bodies, and faculty senates to study certain subjects. Contains 66 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Adults (30 to 45), College Curriculum, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Non Western Civilization, Postsecondary Education, Social Differences, Undergraduate Study, Western Civilization
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.