ERIC Number: ED403939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Harrisburg Area Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA.
In 1996, Harrisburg Area Community College (Pennsylvania) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. The project's primary goal was to bring English teachers together for meetings every three weeks to discuss the writings of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, women, and others. The discussions emphasized the social elements that unite Americans. Other elements of the program's implementation included seminars, content speakers, readings, vidoeconferences, meetings, and course outline and syllabus reviews. Accomplishments were as follows: (1) a mulitcultural reader was selected for English instructors; (2) discussion meetings were organized for fall 1996; (3) a videoconference was held; (4) grant activities were published in newsletters; (5) reports were made campus wide; (6) a mentor visited the college; (7) a novel was selected for future meetings; and (8) the faculty discussed an article called "Finding Ourselves in Multiculturalism." Obstacles that the program faced included finding that one of the novels on the group's reading list was out of print and a lack of time. Faculty and students still need to continue the conversations, plan for a seminar leader or videoconference, discuss assignments, consider giving a teacher release time to oversee the project in the future, and continue to report progress to appropriate campus bodies. (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: Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA.