ERIC Number: ED403952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Northampton Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Northampton Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA.
In 1996, Northampton Community College (Pennsylvania) participated in the Exploring America's Communities project sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges. The project works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. One of the major goals of the project is the revision of two literature classes: one course was expanded to include more works by Native American, African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American writers; and the other, an African-American literature class, was altered to broaden understanding about what it means to be an American. Revisions in the general literature class were made through the inclusion of new textbooks, new instructional approaches, and new course themes. Throughout the semester, the instructor was able to integrate conversations around the issues of pluralism, American identity, commonalties, and differences by encouraging small group discussions held before class and by hosting a lecture by a guest speaker. Students responded positively to this thematic approach to reading and discussing literature. The African-American literature class emphasized classroom discussions on American identity in African-American literature and the addition of new themes to the course. In the spring, the course syllabus will be revised to include more readings and expand discussion about cultural pluralism. Course materials, including a syllabus, bibliography, exam materials, and paper topics, are included. (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: Northampton Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA.