ERIC Number: ED377766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Multiculturalism in the University Curriculum: Infusion for What?
Obiakor, Festus E.
This paper addresses the question of how to infuse multiculturalism and diversity into American higher education curriculum. It argues that mutliculturalism is not a fad, but a dynamic framework that values the complex diversity of America's pluralistic society and institutes innovative avenues for shared human interactions. The infusion of multiculturalism into higher education enhances the quality of education and exposes students to previously ignored or under-represented ideas and points of view. To achieve a multicultural curriculum, educators need to address: (1) test usage and interpretation for recruitment, retention, and graduation; (2) responses to affirmative action regulations; (3) culturally-sensitive instruction; (4) community involvement; and (5) paradigm shift in society and higher education. A sample course syllabus and a topical discussion outline, both of which include a multicultural emphasis, are appended. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Curriculum, Community Involvement, Course Descriptions, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A