Multiculturalism in the College Curriculum: A Handbook of Strategies and Resources for Faculty

Multiculturalism in the College Curriculum: A Handbook of Strategies and Resources for Faculty

Multiculturalism in the College Curriculum: A Handbook of Strategies and Resources for Faculty

Multiculturalism in the College Curriculum: A Handbook of Strategies and Resources for Faculty

Synopsis

Emphasizing that diversity in the curriculum is as much about a way of thinking as it is about specific information, Lutzker presents a compendium of innovative and practical classroom strategies and widely available information resources which will enable faculty to increase the multicultural content of their courses without necessarily making major changes in their accustomed methods of teaching. This is a handbook for college faculty in all disciplines who would like to increase the multicultural content of their courses, but have been reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons including an already overloaded syllabus, a lack of background in the subject, uncertainty about student reactions, or lack of time to make substantial changes in an existing syllabus. Administrators anxious to increase diversity in the curriculum of their institutions, but unable to fund large-scale curriculum revision projects, will also find this volume useful.

Excerpt

My hope is that ultimately academia (and the rest of the world) will become so accustomed to multiculturalism in the curriculum that we will no longer notice it, discuss it, or need to applaud its inclusion.

In the meantime, this book has been written for instructors in all disciplines who believe that diversity in the curriculum is an important goal for higher education today but who, for various reasons, have not yet made such revisions in their syllabi. The book is not addressed to those individuals and institutions who are undertaking full-scale curriculum revision projects. Accordingly, the reader will find in the pages that follow a practical handbook for making small additions and changes in individual syllabi and not a blueprint for large-scale restructuring. The underlying belief is that even small changes can be effective and that a multitude of such small changes across an entire syllabus or college curriculum can make a significant difference.

Among the advantages and delights of being a librarian is the experience of being a generalist accustomed to browsing the literature of many disciplines; thus although there is much in this book which is original, there is more which has been gleaned from the literature of higher education and of the multitude of disciplines included within it. I have read many books and articles and spoken to many people in the course of this research. I have attempted to give credit where it was due, but one can't always be sure where an idea really came from. Accordingly, I would like to thank not only the people I have cited in notes and the bibliography, but also the many whose contributions may be unacknowledged.

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