ERIC Number: ED441261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Communicating Diversity: A Study of the Multicultural Climate in a Summer Academic Program.
Barnett-Theodori, Jacqueline M.
A study examined multiculturalism and diversity through accommodations for minority and international students in LEAP (Learning Edge Academic Program), a six-week summer program for freshmen at a major Eastern university. Subjects included administrators, mentors, instructors, and students, who were interviewed regarding their perceptions on the issues. Program and university policy documents were examined as well. Results indicated five themes: (1) diverse vs. mainstream culture; (2) reality vs. expectations; (3) diversity awareness vs. lack of awareness; (4) education; and (5) identity. Findings suggest that differences in minority vs. majority perceptions exist, including differences in metaphor usage, different ideas of American culture, and different definitions of diversity. Additional research should entail a larger, more comprehensive study including more thorough examination of multicultural aspects and more implementation of policy statements. (Contains 12 references and a table comparing major themes and metaphors.) (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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