ERIC Number: ED403954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
American Pluralism in Microcosm: The City of Santa Ana as Text. Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.
In 1996, California's Rancho Santiago College (RSC) 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 culture at U.S. community colleges. To enhance instruction about American pluralism and identity, RSC's team developed a project to give students the opportunity to explore these issues in the local community. The project was also intended to provide students with a chance to learn experientially and cooperatively by visiting designated sites in the vicinity in teams and reporting their findings to their classes. The "City as Text" course was originally introduced to students in a U.S. History Honors course, and was subsequently applied in fall 1996 in two different classroom situations: English composition and Mexican American history. Students compared social and cultural phenomena at the classroom, campus, and city levels. Students in all courses shared how exciting it was to learn a subject matter under different and exciting circumstances. The project received full support from the college chancellor and the instructors. As the project developed, it became apparent that a certain level of consciousness-raising needed to be done. The project has helped to enhance both instructional approaches and inter-cultural relations on campus. (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: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.