ERIC Number: ED403951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Motlow State Community College, Exploring America's Communities: Honors American Studies. Progress Report.
Motlow State Community Coll., Tullahoma, TN.
In 1996, Tennessee's Motlow State Community College (MSCC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the instruction of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. MSCC's goal is to introduce an understanding of cultural diversity which goes beyond tolerance to achieve acceptance. MSCC uses an integrated program of study which investigates, through both oral and written literature and historical records, the diversity present in its cultural community. MSCC's long-range goal is to produce an integrated Honors program which addresses, in an interdisciplinary fashion, the richness of local and national cultural heritage and the skills necessary to adapt to and profit from change. The prototype team-taught honors course was taught for the first time, operating from a syllabus which looks at change and value shifts in the past in order to develop sensitivity toward and acceptance of other cultures, particularly the Appalachian culture. Activities, such as trips, tours, guest speakers, a storytelling festival, workshops, and historical and literary readings were included in the class. Two specific obstacles faced by the college were difficulty in team-teaching two disciplines and covering the course's vast amount of material. Work remaining on the project is the sharpening of the focus of the American Studies course as well as the expansion of the Honors program. (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: Motlow State Community Coll., Tullahoma, TN.