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ERIC Number: ED361723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Diversity and the Small College Community: Negotiating Multiculturalism through Writing across the Curriculum.
Smiley, Pamela; And Others
The administration and faculty of Carthage College (a four-year liberal arts college with a primarily white, middle class student body and faculty) instituted the Heritage Studies Program to promote multiculturalism through writing across the curriculum. The four-semester sequence required of all first- and second-year students was approved by the faculty in the spring of 1989. A substantially revised program (eliminating the traditional great books approach within a teacher-centered classroom) was instituted in the fall of 1991. The revised program became a genuine collaboration between teacher and student and among the students themselves. The program explores culture as a dynamic process and examines how cultures work and interact. Groups of faculty members meet regularly to share ideas about teaching the core texts in each of the Heritage seminars. The program also sponsors summer retreats, as well as an intersession retreat. The kind of team teaching fostered by the Heritage program exists on several levels. A systematic assessment of the effort to engender awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity has not been undertaken. The diffusion of the program's methods and values has not been as widespread or as rapid as the faculty might have desired. The success of the Heritage Studies Program has placed a great strain on the rest of the curriculum as the multicultural concerns of the program need to be reflected in the curriculum as a whole. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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