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ERIC Number: ED356308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-1
Pages: 13
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Rewarding Diversity: An African American Inquiry.
Miller, R. Baxter
This paper offers a reflection on multiculturalism, particularly within southern U.S. universities. An opening section reviews the types of confusion and difficulty encountered in trying to define multiculturalism and its place in higher education. The argument goes on to suggest looking for cultural diversity that merits reward and thereby fosters multiculturalism. This section includes a discussion of the difficulties of distinguishing quality scholarship from hype. Several examples from a graduate seminar at Tennessee University are offered to illustrate some of the issues and difficulties of genuine multicultural instruction, on the premise that quality inquiry is a powerful experience for students. In addition, this section suggests that the best approach will be grounded in traditional disciplines and focus on a specific text. Most crucial to the inquiry is to center on the process of awareness over the presentation of factual knowledge. The most difficult task for department heads and deans is to look constantly for ways to reward students and professors who achieve a breakthrough in critical thinking. The paper closes by emphasizing the special role that southern scholarship plays in encouraging true intellectual diversity. Includes six notes. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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