ERIC Number: EJ721515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 17
Walking to the Dance: Teaching and Cross-Cultural Encounter
Journal of Appalachian Studies, v10 n1-2 p152-166 Spr-Fall 2004
This article chronicles a unique experience the author had while teaching a graduate seminar in southwestern Virginia in the spring of 2001. It was his charge to teach a graduate seminar entitled "Basic Principles and Practices of Multicultural Education" to twenty-three students in their second, final year of an educational leadership cohort at Radford University. For fifteen Mondays, he traveled 150 miles from his home to Abingdon, Virginia, to teach this class. What made this experience unique was the class composition. The students in the leadership cohort were all white Appalachian, while the teacher was a gay Latino male from California. From the beginning, this seminar proved to be an intense exploration of cultural identities and values for both the students and the professor. The author's cultural encounter with this group of southwestern Virginians illustrates the fact that much of what people strive for in the name of multicultural education is rooted in experience, and that it is necessary to continue to develop understandings about diversity and equity education as the world moves forward.
Descriptors: White Students, Multicultural Education, Ethnicity, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness, Trust (Psychology), Social Discrimination, Homosexuality, Social Action, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia