ERIC Number: ED403936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Danville Area Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Danville Area Community Coll., IL.
In 1996, Illinois' Danville Area Community College (DACC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the instruction of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. DACC's action plan involved students in collecting materials from members of African American, Latino, and Asian communities in the Danville area, to be used for curriculum development in DACC's humanities classes and to be available to the local community. The students prepared for their interviews by discussing diversity and studying oral history research methodology. The interviews provided information about work patterns among minorities and the important roles played by education and military service in their survival. Common themes and challenges such as language barriers, isolation, and job discrimination were uncovered. Pride in accomplishments, a firm belief in family, and identification with family were common to all groups. The greatest challenge was to find people who were willing to be interviewed. To show their gratitude to the interviewees, the students and faculty held a celebration displaying pictures and quotes from the interviews. The interviewees' corrections of the manuscript are yet to be completed. Students who completed the project stated in their evaluations that they had gained a new awareness of minorities, a new appreciation for community diversity, and pride in their own abilities to meet new challenges. (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: Danville Area Community Coll., IL.