ERIC Number: ED357411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Institute for Multicultural Education and Change.
Bell, Edwin D.; Peel, Henry A.
Because of the inability of public schools in eastern North Carolina to understand cultural and racial diversity, many students do not receive an education that prepares them for the future. Eastern North Carolina is a culturally diverse area. Unfortunately, the limited cultural perspective of the region's schools can contribute to student failure. The Institute for Multicultural Education and Change at East Carolina University found that many educational leaders did not understand their role in developing and shaping the culture of their schools. The institute worked to help educational leaders design organizational interventions for multicultural education. An intensive course included three goals: explore how dominant cultures perceive differences as deficiencies; learn how cultural differences affect parents, teachers, and students; and develop skills helpful in shaping school culture. Participants also were required to formulate plans for developing multicultural education at their schools. A survey after the program revealed participants more fully understood multicultural education and were more aware of their own cultural perceptions. However, participants were hesitant to implement their multicultural plans for fear they would not receive sufficient support. The appendices contain a sample survey, a telephone interview protocol, and a schedule for the program. (Contains 12 references.) (JPT)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Management Development, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Public Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina