ERIC Number: ED403932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Central Florida Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Central Florida Community Coll., Ocala.
In 1996, Central Florida Community College (CFCC) 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. CFCC's principal goals were to promote conversation among faculty about American identity and to assist in carrying these discussions into the classroom. The primary mechanism for implementing the program was a series of faculty "brown bag" round table discussions, which addressed issues regarding immigration to America, American identity, and textbooks. The program's other main accomplishments were: an Interdepartmental Discussion Session, where a speaker addressed the entire faculty, challenging the college to encourage the college to continue to grapple with the question of American identity; a film series, including two movies about Mexican-Americans and Native Americans; the creation of two new courses introducing multicultural education; and curriculum revisions for two humanities courses, which were expanded to include identity and diversity issues. The only obstacle the program faced was that a plan for a nationally recognized key-note speaker was not implemented due to a lack of funds. Future events include several speakers, discussions, and art and literary exhibitions. (HAA)
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: Central Florida Community Coll., Ocala.