ERIC Number: ED403934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Collin County Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Collin County Community Coll., Plano, TX.
In 1996, Collin County Community College (Texas) 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. The college's action plan focused primarily upon integrating issues of American pluralism and identity into the core curriculum. The program's main goals included extending the debate beyond classroom boundaries by provoking students' critical though through a speaker series, self-examination, and assaying the question "what does it mean to be an American?" The program's activities included the following: establishing some common ground among faculty through discussions of common readings; creating two learning communities, one applying sociology to politics and another about identity, to help students recognize both the similarities and the differences among Americans; screening a film discussing racial prejudices among men to several hundred students in a Sociology course; facilitating student exploration of their own ethnicity through discussions; and hosting a speaker series along with a forum and photo exhibit on the issue of church burning to generate discussions concerning the concept of community. Obstacles faced by the project included some lack of interest, limited faculty participation due to previous commitments, and too much focus on differences rather than similarities. In spring 1997, three learning communities exploring America's communities will be implemented. (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: Collin County Community Coll., Plano, TX.