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ERIC Number: ED461875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Diversifying the Literature Curriculum through a Cultural Component.
Gibson-Allen, Jeanette
A cultural component has been used in one instructor's literature classes at Georgia Perimeter College as a response to Expected Educational Outcome 4 which states: "The students will be exposed to and/or participate in cultural activities, events, and presentations," and to General Education Outcome 3 which states: "The students learn to make informed judgments beyond mere interpretation and summary." This paper features an assignment which responds to these outcomes. The paper states that the idea behind the assignment is to have students develop their critical thinking skills by doing comparison/contrast and by finding connections between what they think of as disparate elements. It explains that, for the assignment, each student will satisfy the course's cultural/oral component by attending a cultural activity outside of the class. And it further explains that the assignment has both oral and written segments--the oral segment takes the form of a 5-10 minute presentation in front of the class to share insights, cultural impressions, etc., while the written segment should be typed, double-spaced with one inch margins. According to the paper, the focus of the assignment is a critique of the cultural activity and a discussion of the activity in the context of its cultural milieu. The paper describes some of the presentations which were given in the class. It notes that the assignment can be "tweaked" to satisfy many criteria and at levels from the advanced degree to high school, and that it can be research based or field trip based. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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