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ERIC Number: ED456203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 27
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Faculty Experience with Diversity: A Case Study of Macalester College.
Gudeman, Roxane Harvey
This study tested the belief that domestic racial/ethnic diversity in the classroom contributes to the preparation of students for civic responsibility, focusing on Macalester College, a small liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Macalester has committed significant resources to fulfilling its goals of multicultural recruitment and support of talented students, faculty, and staff of color and to establishing classes that reflect the range of social, artistic, scientific, and philosophical experiences of people nationwide. College faculty completed a Faculty Diversity Questionnaire in which they evaluated their experiences with diversity in the classroom and provided background information. Overall, faculty judged that domestic racial and ethnic diversity in the classroom was important in fulfilling Macalester's educational mission. Several educational outcomes were positively affected by the presence of multiple racial/ethnic groups in the classroom, including: broader sharing of experiences, the raising of new issues and perspectives, substantive discussion of racial/ethnic issues, confrontation of stereotypes, and development of a willingness to examine one's own perspectives and values. Faculty agreed that most white students benefit from racial diversity. Those who taught classes emphasizing race/ethnicity reported greater or equal benefit from classroom diversity than did those who only included content relevant to diversity. (Contains 6 references and 42 endnotes.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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