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ERIC Number: ED363235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
The Creative Abyss: Liberal Education and Diversity.
Melodia, Annamarie; Blake, J. Herman
College faculty and administrators can seek a multicultural campus and create a multicultural context by creating new meanings out of the varieties of exposures involved in liberal education. In order to do this the key challenge is to develop in students an understanding of and thirst for constant learning through an emphasis on pedagogy in addition to student involvement and ownership of the learning process that promotes a leap of faith into the creative abyss. Four values that shape such an approach include diversity or multiculturalism, objectivity, change as a constant, and organic community. These provide a corrective balance to the Eurocentricity of education. It also challenges the institution's and educator's sense of self. Both white and minority students challenged by liberal learning can either respond thoughtfully and be open to change or, alternatively, resist and protest any challenges to their values. Three factors for successfully transforming academic communities are: addressing student identity as students move from the familiar to the new; encouraging student involvement in ongoing dialogue and development of critical thinking skills; and fostering a sense of belonging through attentive, thoughtful faculty concern for students. Contains 12 footnotes. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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