ERIC Number: ED357703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Normalization of Diversity: Multicultural Curricular Change at Urban University.
Bensimon, Estela Mara
This paper examines the effect of organizational culture and power on the meaning and practice of multicultural curricular change. A case study is presented of an urban academic institution that had adopted a university-wide undergraduate diversity requirement in 1991 after considerable debate and negotiation among various constituencies. The politics of multicultural curricular change are explored, as well as the effect of structural characteristics of the bureaucratic university such as hierarchy, differentiation, normative power, standardization, and regulation on curricular policy. The interpretations of the university's diversity requirement given by institutional administrators are further explored, paying close attention to messages about power and the politics of difference encoded in language. Selected aspects of commitment to underrepresented groups which indicate an awareness of cultural diversity and receptiveness to multicultural curricular change are also considered. Includes 19 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.