ERIC Number: ED412748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Toward a More Perfect Union in an Age of Diversity: A Guide for Building Stronger Communities through Public Dialogue.
McCoy, Martha; Clavin, Catherine; Reaven, Marci
This package includes a guide for formation and implementation of community study circles on cultural diversity, an abridged version of the same text entitled "A Busy Citizen's Discussion Guide", for study circle participants, and a 23-minute videotape recording. The main guide begins with a section on the need for community conversations, based on democratic values, concerning our country and its communities. A subsequent section on use of the guide provides information on the principles underlying study circles, study circle organization, tips for intercultural collaboration, basic steps in creating community-wide dialogue, suggestions for study circle leaders, use of the videotape, and guidelines for participants. A section is devoted to addressing challenges in cross-cultural communication. Discussion materials for four sessions follow. Topics include: "Who Are We? The Many Faces of America"; "Bonds and Boundaries: Looking at Our Communities"; "Visions of America: What Ties Us Together?"; and "Making a Difference: What Can We Do To Build a Stronger Community in an Age of Diversity?". A list of additional readings on diversity and union and a list of additional resources for discussion and action are appended. The abridged participant guide contains pages 1-35 of the main guide. (MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Cultural Pluralism, Democratic Values, Discussion Groups, Intercultural Communication, Social Change, Social Integration
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258-0203 ($5.00 plus $2.00 shipping for main guide; $1.00 plus $2.00 shipping for abridged, participant guide). Accompanying videotape also available from this source.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
Note: Abridged version not included with ERIC copy.