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ERIC Number: ED416796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 120
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-911696-70-9
ISSN: N/A
General Education and American Commitments. A National Report on Diversity Courses and Requirements.
Humphreys, Debra
This monograph reports on a study which examined how 92 colleges participating in a multiproject initiative, "American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning," are addressing issues of diversity in their general education curricula, policies, and practices. Chapter 1 focuses on emerging trends and promising practices, and includes discussions of: U.S. pluralism; culture and identity; prejudice, discrimination, and the pursuits of justice; education for social responsibility; and diversity in the core curriculum. Chapter 2 considers the process and politics of curricular change. Topics addressed include: effective diversity learning, defining learning goals, questions for faculty dialogue, the change process, and pedagogical change and faculty development. Chapter 3 covers the shaping of effective curricular models, including infusing diversity across the curriculum, requirements allowing students to choose among many courses, and the single course or course sequence requirement. A conclusion urges a four-part curricular engagement for effective citizenship: study of one's own culture, pluralism and pursuit of justice, justice seeking, and pluralism in majors and concentrations. An afterword by Carol Geary Schneider is titled: "Education for Cultural and Democratic Pluralism." Extensive appendices include exemplary syllabi, a listing of participating institutions, a list of resources, and a summary review of the literature. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington DC 20009; phone: 202-387-3760; fax: 202-265-9532 ($15).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.