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ERIC Number: ED452772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 30
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From Theory to Practice: An Analysis of Multicultural Education in an American Pacific Island University.
Johnson, Kirk; Inoue, Yukiko
This study explored multicultural education at a minority university in the Pacific, the University of Guam. The study represented Phase 2 of a research project that began in 1999 with the goal of further understanding the practice of multicultural pedagogy in higher education. Phase 1 measured the attitudes and perceptions of faculty members toward diversity and multiculturalism, while Phase 2 attempted to narrow the focus to the actual practice of multiculturalism in the classroom and curriculum. Through a survey completed by 65 faculty members (33% of the faculty) and descriptive analysis, a picture emerged of the link between perception and actual practice. It was found that faculty ranked high on their willingness to engage and incorporate multicultural strategies in their teaching. Many often did not feel, however, that they had the skills or knowledge to do so. Many also felt that they were not well equipped to deal with a multicultural environment. While the data suggest that many are willing and open to diversity and multiculturalism, the faculty harbor ethnocentric belief systems. It is argued that what seems like contradiction, is more likely to be the leaking of underlying attitudes and beliefs in an environment influenced by political correctness. (Contains 7 tables and 31 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Guam