ERIC Number: ED389353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Contact: An Intercollegiate Team Teaching Project.
Hansen, Daryl; And Others
In an effort to present multicultural content in a non-threatening and effective way, an intercollegiate, team-taught General Psychology course was sponsored by Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC), a rural college on a Native American reservation in Northeast Nebraska, and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), an urban college in Omaha. The course provided urban students and faculty with the opportunity to participate in Native American cultural events and classes at the reservation college campus. It also offered an opportunity to determine whether cross-cultural contact facilitated by in-class discussions would result in measurable change in awareness and knowledge of multicultural factors. Student awareness and knowledge regarding multicultural issues in psychology were measured through pre- and post-tests using an established instrument, which was also administered to a control group of students in a traditional General Psychology class at MCC. An analysis of responses indicated that the experimental group had higher mean scores than the control group on 13 of 20 questions, while the control group had higher scores on 5, indicating that the traditional course effectively increased students' knowledge and awareness, but that the experimental course may add significantly to that. The study also noted that the small number of participants and the inability to randomly select participants did not allow researchers to draw definitive conclusions. The survey instrument and tabulated responses are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Community Colleges, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Enrichment, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Community Coll., Omaha, NE.