ERIC Number: ED403949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Coll., Jackson.
In 1996, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which worked to strengthen the instruction of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. The primary objective of the college's action plan was to establish a team-taught, interdisciplinary course using films, historical readings, and literary works to examine the American experience. The course would attempt to explore America's process as a polyglot attempting to assimilate its diverse population, but which often divided itself along lines of race, prejudice, bigotry, religion, and sex. To involve colleagues, at least one workshop on multiculturalism was planned. The following three accomplishments were made: four workshops on multiculturalism were held, reaching approximately 250 members of the college community; an additional section was added to the new course due to high demand; and the team was able to expose the students to a variety of difficult issues facing American society. The project's major obstacles included trying to cover the history of America through film, presenting so many topics, and attempting to create a balanced view of America. While some students were reluctant to acknowledge the existence of some of the situations, and others were at times embarrassed to talk about sensitive issues, the exchange of ideas underscored the multi-cultural aspects of America and emphasized the importance of mutual respect. (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: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Coll., Jackson.