ERIC Number: ED403940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
From Fragments to the Whole: Integrating Diversity and Unity in the Academic Foundations Program at Hudson County Community College.
Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.
In 1996, New Jersey's Hudson County Community College (HCCC) 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 primary goal of HCCC's project was to provide reading materials and writing assignments that will help students in developmental courses develop college-level skills while reinforcing their knowledge of American culture. Specific objectives included developing a course anthology of readings on eight topics, an oral history project, and faculty development workshops. Much progress has been made in the collection of materials for the developmental English course anthology. Both full-length texts and shorter articles and chapters suitable for developmental students have been selected and some have been field-tested in the classroom. The Oral History component of the project was integrated into a Basic English II class. Three team members also gave faculty development workshops. Despite these advances, it will take some time before the complete curriculum package is available for faculty members; various components will be implemented as they become available, however. Copyrights still need to be researched on some materials and a course management package needs to be designed. Although there is consensus that an American identity exists, student ideas about how it is constituted are often vague. (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: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.