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ERIC Number: ED443288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Managing Diversity: A Cooperative Course in Foreign Languages and Business.
Sampsell, Martha; Thompson, Earl
This very brief paper is a description of a business course, "Business 350 Managing Diversity," at Elmhurst College in Illinois. The course is taught in an intensive 6-day, 42-hour format. The underlying philosophy of the course is that one becomes more open to the diversity of others by better understanding the diversity within oneself. Reflecting this belief, the course is taught in an experiential format rather than through lectures. Only by engaging their own feelings and by interacting with others around diversity issues can a student become more comfortable with her stereotypes and thus more comfortable with herself and others. Most of the students in the course are adult business majors with substantial prior life and work experience. The course incorporates management activities, role playing and simulation, guest speakers, multicultural sensitivity and culture exercises, and a synthesizing capstone project. It is concluded that the intensive pace of the course, flexibility in the classroom, and physical comfort in the classroom all contributed to the success of the course. (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: North American Free Trade Agreement