ERIC Number: EJ1021934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Multicultural Curriculum Development in Online Classes: Practices from Washington State Community Colleges
Brown, Warren J.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n10 p750-763 2013
The community college system is based on an open-door mission and serves to provide access to students of diverse backgrounds. Online learning is one of the fastest growing segments of community college offerings. If the community college system embraces its open-door mission, it must also embrace new ways of providing multicultural experiences within online classes. Yet, little research has been conducted in looking at connections between online learning and multicultural education within community colleges. This study asked if multiculturalism plays a significant role in the traditional face-to-face college classroom--what role, if any, does it play in an online classroom? Literature on multicultural education, distance learning, educational theory, and social psychology were explored within the context of community colleges. Community college faculty who reported using multicultural approaches within their online classes were interviewed and observed. The results indicated that these online instructors generally had a collection of instructional methods that correlated to Banks' (2004) Multicultural Dimensions. This article shares practices used by the faculty that can affect change in online students' experiences with multiculturalism.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Online Courses, Community Colleges, Multicultural Education, Student Diversity, Access to Education, Role, Distance Education, Correlation, Interviews, Teaching Methods, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Social Psychology, Educational Experience, Undergraduate Students, Empathy, Course Content, Racial Bias, Equal Education, Mixed Methods Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Surveys, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington