ERIC Number: ED403930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Butler County Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Butler County Community Coll., Butler, PA.
In 1996, Butler County Community College (Pennsylvania) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. Because the local population is overwhelmingly white, the general goal of the Action Plan is to revise course syllabi in American history, fine arts, and American literature so as to include the contributions of minority communities which students might otherwise never know. In American history, new textbooks were chosen, articles for required reading were selected, and the syllabus was revised. In liberal arts, American music was included in the curriculum, students attended a concert, and art students completed projects on American artists. In American literature, new texts that include a broader selection of writers were chosen and the syllabi were revised. Discussions asking students what it means to be an American, what divides us, and what brings us together were held. The three obstacles faced by the program were: the off-campus location of some of the classes interfered with communication, and some instructors' concern with academic freedom. At the time of the report, several courses' syllabi still required revision. Additionally, a study of the inventory/post-test in American history indicated that less change in student knowledge of America's various communities has been gained than was desired. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Community Colleges, Course Descriptions, Cultural Pluralism, Culture, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Studies, History Instruction, Identification, 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: Butler County Community Coll., Butler, PA.