ERIC Number: ED520309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Out of the Classroom and into the Heart of the Matter: A Case Study of University Student Residents' Reaction to Access to Multicultural Awareness Education
Woodlief, Sharon E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
The purpose of my study was to explore how, and to what extent, the UCSB faculty-in-residence program provided multicultural awareness education opportunities to student residents outside of the classroom. This research explored Housing and Residential Services, which housed the faculty-in-residence program whose mission is, in part, to provide faculty with an understanding of student life and a variety of opportunities to meet with students outside of the classroom; and to create a shared responsibility among faculty, students and staff for the development of the intellectual, social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of the residence hall community. I engaged in a case study of the relatively newly emerging UCSB faculty-in-residence program in order to demonstrate that multicultural awareness education takes place in the residential "laboratory" of student housing, beyond formal curricula taught in a classroom. The goal was to explore the extent of the effect of the activities offered by the faculty-in-residence program on student resident attitudes and competencies about multicultural awareness. I am interested to know if a university tries to utilize its resources outside of the traditional classroom setting to education and empower students about multicultural awareness. I also co-facilitated a workshop to find out 1) if it was an out-of-classroom dynamic in which multicultural awareness education could emerge; and 2) what did student feel about multicultural awareness and issues of diversity. The outcome data showed that some student residents were more active than others. However, there was an overall sense of value--expressed by students and the faculty-in-residence--for the program's possibilities to actively provide this type of programming and activities for student residents living in the west side (called the "farside") of the campus community. Based on the findings, the formal program in place that is designed for multicultural awareness education is not meeting the student resident demands and expectations. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Dormitories, College Housing, Access to Education, College Faculty, Cultural Awareness, Educational Opportunities, Ethics, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Empowerment, Workshops, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: California