ERIC Number: ED403943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Itawamba Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Itawamba Community Coll., Fulton, MS.
In 1996, Itawamba Community College (Mississippi) 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 cultue at U.S. community colleges. The primary goal of the college's action plan is to enhance instruction about American pluralism and identity by acquiring video and print materials; implementing curricular changes in American Literature, American History, and Honors courses; and establishing a Multicultural Speakers Forum. In the revised English course, students analyzed American literature by responding to questions about the American identity and about unity of, divisions between, and common ground among various American populations. This revised course will be offered state-wide on the Mississippi Community College network in the spring of 1997. Curricular changes in an honors seminar involved studies of American Indians through videos, readings, and guest speakers. The issues of identity covered in the coursework were addressed from a national perspective in a Multicultural Speakers Forum, in which the American Indian, Afro-American, Mexican-American, and Asian American cultures were represented. The American History course was revised and acquired new materials to address the program's themes about American identity. No specific obstacles or problems have been encountered and student responses to the questions were particularly gratifying. (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: Itawamba Community Coll., Fulton, MS.