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ERIC Number: ED380825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
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Storytelling in the Basic Course for the Promotion of Cultural Diversity.
Cooper, Connie S.
Cultural diversity needs to be addressed in the higher education classrooms for the development of practical business and education skills. Co-emergent multicultural awareness on the University of Oklahoma campus provides a necessary justification for curriculum adaptations and the implementation of a communication campaign of multicultural information. Storytelling brings a higher level of understanding and transcendence while it promotes a rightness and belonging critical to psychological well-being. It remembers cultural archetypes and forgets stereotypes. One avenue for promoting cultural diversity awareness is for college instructors to incorporate storytelling into the basic required communication course. The overall goal of the program is to have every graduate of an Oklahoma school of higher education exposed to cultures other than their own. The six-month time frame incorporates one semester of exposure, modeling, and content evaluation. Class sessions become an activity requiring both storyteller and audience interaction. Summative evaluation of the project should be professional and occur at the onset and close of the semester. (Contains 44 references and a table of data. Interview questions, a projected budget for the campaign, a participant observation poster, promotional materials, clippings from the university newspaper, and two syllabi are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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