ERIC Number: ED424898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Multiculturalism in the Community College Curriculum. ERIC Digest.
This digest introduces some definitions of multiculturalism, demonstrates why a multicultural curriculum is particularly important to community colleges, and provides case studies to illustrate ways in which multiculturalism is being incorporated into the curriculum. It suggests that multicultural courses be designed and offered to enhance students' ability to function in an increasingly diverse society and empower them as citizens. Providing a curriculum that reflects the experiences of a diverse population also helps retain traditionally underrepresented student populations--whom community colleges are largely responsible for educating--by virtue of its cultural relevance to all students. Efforts to incorporate a multicultural perspective into the community college curriculum may include creating new courses and revising existing ones, creating new departments and degree programs to support these courses, providing extracurricular activities, retraining faculty, and enhancing instructional materials. Establishing a multicultural requirement for graduation may also be a means of ensuring that students develop an understanding of the issues apparent in a pluralistic society. (Contains 10 references.) (EMH)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Futures (of Society), Institutional Mission, Multicultural Education, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.