ERIC Number: ED357709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Multiculturalism and Innovation in Academe: Recent Approaches.
Ward, Kelly A.; And Others
This paper examines how institutions of higher education can achieve more diverse academic communities. It is argued that modernist interpretations of organizations limit academic change designed to encourage the voiceless members of society through an overemphasis on outcomes and efficiency. Section 1 discusses the general debate between conservative educators and multiculturalists, i.e., whether a core curriculum should be rooted in a limited set of Western ideals designed to promote a unifying cultural experience, or whether culturally diverse experiences should be created, not only through curricular diversity, but through increased participation of underrepresented groups among both students and staff. Section 2 discusses organizational theory, delineating five modernist conceptions of organizations: the bureaucratic perspective; the human relations perspective; the political perspective; the cybernetic perspective; and the cultural perspective. Section 3 examines modern and postmodern conceptions of organizations, their theoretical origins, assumptions, conceptions of the process of change, and the role that leaders play in the process of change. The final section provides a practical examination of academic innovation and change, focusing on efforts to create a multicultural academy. Contains 100 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.; National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.