ERIC Number: ED403959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Tarrant County Junior College District, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Tarrant County Junior Coll. District, Ft. Worth, TX.
In 1996, Tarrant County Junior College District 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. The primary goals included the following: (1) to develop an inclusive, non-traditional approach to the teaching of American literature, history, and culture; (2) to add courses across the curriculum that would be committed to the multi-cultural theme; and (3) to create a unified learning community. Steps taken to develop Common Ground courses included preparing students, faculty, and administration for the new courses, developing a newsletter, presenting an outline of the project to administrators and faculty, and holding a session where team members could share their ideas and materials. The teaching team now has a feel for what works and what does not, and the faculty's decision to relate historical events to contemporary life has turned out well. Classroom discussions centered on both historical information learned in the course and contemporary viewpoints from the course's reader. Obstacles faced by teachers included students who did not complete the reading assignments, class members who monopolized the conversation, and a poor mix of ethnic groups in the course. Remaining tasks include establishing better communication among campuses and adding other teamed and stand-alone Common Ground courses. (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: Tarrant County Junior Coll. District, Ft. Worth, TX.