ERIC Number: ED448642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Collaborative and Experiential Learning in a Human Diversity Course.
Wolford, Karen; Clemo, Lorrie
A series of collaborative and experiential activities was designed to provide learning opportunities for students enrolled in an interdisciplinary human diversity course. Students were required to participate in a group project and were given class time to work with the group designing the presentations. Students were also asked to participate in ongoing research on multicultural experience. Pretest and posttest measures of the impact of this method of instruction on attitudinal and behavior change related to a student's openness to exploring diversity activities were administered as a measure of the effectiveness of this type of instruction. Data were for 66 students from 1993, when the course was an elective, and for 75 students in 1997, when the course was a requirement. A hypothesis based on the Social Construct Hypothesis stated that positive contact with others who are different would reduce prejudice. The 1993 sample experienced significant change in the direction of increasing multicultural experience participation. Several possible explanations for the differences between the samples are discussed. Appendixes contain the questionnaire, presentation guidelines for the course, and the group assessment form. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (11th, Ellenville, NY, March 19-21, 1997).