ERIC Number: ED477441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Factors that Contribute to Faculty's Incorporation of Diversity-Related Content into Their Course Materials.
Mayhew, Matthew J.; Grunwald, Heidi E.
This study examined the factors that predict whether college faculty incorporate diversity-related content into their course material and whether the decision to include this type of content is affected by personal beliefs and experiences with diversity. The sample consisted of 336 faculty members at a large midwestern, predominantly white, public university (40.3% response rate). The survey instrument was adapted from one used by the Higher Education Research Institute. By accounting for personal demographics, professional characteristics, beliefs about and experiences with diversity, and perceptions of institutional and department commitment to diversity, the proposed model has an 85% success rate in predicting which faculty members choose to incorporate diversity-related material and which do not. In terms of its ability to predict whether faculty will incorporate diversity-related content into course materials, race is a much stronger predictor for males than for females. Study findings indicate that, after controlling for all other variables, participation in activities designed to promote diversity on campus is one of the main predictors of the incorporation of diversity-related materials in the classroom. (Contains 5 tables and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).