ERIC Number: ED403942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring America's Communities: In Quest of Common Ground. Iowa Central Community Final Report.
Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.
In 1996, Iowa Central Community College participated in the Exploring America's Communities project sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges. The project worked to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. Due to the limited scope of the students' understanding of American "identity" and the differences and commonalties between different groups of Americans, the focus of the college's action plan was the development of a course that integrated American history and American literature and emphasized the quest for common ground in assessing American identity. The course is slated to be taught for the first time in the fall of 1997. Students enrolled in the team-taught course will participate in discussions and volunteer in the community. The effort made by team members, faculty, department heads and administration have allowed the planning and development of the course to run smoothly. Participants have been generally supportive. Perhaps the greatest obstacle has been the lack of release time for the team members. The need for inservice training in diversity for all employees has been recognized. Such training would give faculty the opportunity to participate in special staff development seminars on inclusion of American pluralism and identity into their specific disciplines. (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: Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.