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ERIC Number: ED421044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 21
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The Search for the Great Community: The Multicultural Community and Its Problems. Draft.
Aleman, Ana M. Martinez
This paper addresses issues surrounding the ideal of community in American undergraduate education and the challenge of multiculturalism in the context of a feminist interpretation of the pragmatism of John Dewey. A contradictory relationship is seen to exist between higher education's definition of community and multiculturalism; and this paper's interpretation of Dewey is thought to resolve these contradictions. First, the paper discusses the rhetoric of community, especially its origins in nineteenth century Oxford (England), and the results of a year-long study in 1990 to redefine the ideal of community in higher education. Then the paper considers the challenges of multiculturalism, such as a perceived loss of shared values and community, and the response of higher education (desegregate the student body without substantive changes in curriculum, pedagogy, or the college mission). In contrast, viewed in the context of Dewey, multiculturalism becomes a method of thinking, "intelligent learning," which can unite rather than separate individuals, and would enable individuals to communicate sociocultural experiential facts so that all members of the college community can develop shared objectives. The paper concludes that Dewey would see multiculturalism as bringing to undergraduate education the opportunity to communicate, to find commonality, and to establish emergent communities. (Contains 49 footnotes.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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