ERIC Number: ED403926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Atlanta Metropolitan College, Exploring America's Communities: In Quest of Common Ground. Progress Report.
Atlanta Community Coll., GA.
In 1996, Atlanta Metropolitan College (Georgia) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. In an attempt to enhance the college's curriculum with American pluralism and identity issues, the college team developed an action plan to revise the teaching of humanities and history and to provide opportunities for the college community to find common ground as they explored what it means to be an American. A Plurality and Diversity Task Force was established, which held discussions regarding campus-wide multiculturalism and identity issues. Faculty met to discuss their syllabi, textbooks, and materials. Three day and three evening assemblies were held which featured lecture-forums addressing multicultural themes. Students in the history and humanities classes visited ethnic clubs on campus and exhibits at museums. "Brown Bag Lunch" informal discussions and a Christmas concert highlighting the celebration of Christmas by various cultures were held. Obstacles to the project included: a lack of automatic substantial enrollments due to the courses' status as non-core elective courses; a lack of funding; and an approach that did not maximize supervisory or recruitment efforts. Faculty and students agreed that the opportunity for freedom of expression and creative individualism are two of the most important elements of common ground for Americans. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Culture, Curriculum Development, Discussion, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Two Year Colleges, United States History, United States Literature
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Community Coll., GA.