ERIC Number: ED400006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty's Perceptions of Pluralism: A Lakeland Community College Study.
Santos, Rolando A.
As part of a project to develop an instructional model that integrates ideas, readings, and discussion about pluralism and identity across disciplines, Lakeland Community College (LCC), in Ohio, undertook a survey of college faculty to determine their perceptions of multiculturalism and diversity, as well as the methods that they used to incorporate those elements into the classroom. Responses were received from 54 faculty members, representing 13% of the questionnaires distributed. Study findings included the following: (1) 46% of the respondents indicated that there were course requirements in their disciplines addressing cultural diversity issues, and 70% thought that multicultural issues were relevant to their discipline; (2) 55% said that they cited examples related to multicultural issues during class, but only 33% indicated that they evaluated students using a multicultural approach; (3) 46% were satisfied with the way that LCC addressed multicultural issues, while 38% were not; and (4) challenges to instituting multiculturalism education cited by respondents included the difficulty of incorporating the vast spectrum of perspectives that exist, the homogeneity of the student body, and lack of awareness regarding how to incorporate it into courses. The survey instrument, with response tallies, and selected answers to open-ended questions are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.