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ERIC Number: ED540438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-15
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Diversity Education Goals: A Policy Discourse Analysis
Swain, Stuart
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference (37th, Las Vegas, NV, Nov 15, 2012)
Many U.S. colleges and universities have established student learning outcomes for diversity education in their general education programs. These education goals, frequently developed for assessment or other policy purposes, convey a range of possible purposes for diversity and multicultural learning. The manner in which these purposes are articulated shapes their focus and carries implications for practice. Using a policy discourse analysis methodology, my research explores the articulated goals, and those discourses and subject positions they advance. In particular, I consider the institution-wide diversity education goals from 56 public liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. I present evidence that dominant discourses of market (including productivity and commodity) and harmony (including community and accumulation) are weakly offset with alternative discourses of social change, conflict, and social construction. These discourses are expressed through policy assumptions and themes at both the individual student and community levels. (Contains 9 policy citations.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Washington