Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Editorial: Diversity Theory & Measurement

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Editorial: Diversity Theory & Measurement

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Valuing the dignity and worth of all people is an important goal in education. Learning to celebrate and value the worth of all human-- kind is a worthy objective for several reasons. The moral and ethical reasons are clearly apparent, but there are two practical reasons as well. First, the "American culture" is rich with ethnic-racial, geographical and religious diversity. Second, access to the world-wide-web has brought the world into our homes, schools and businesses. Consequently, there is, in most colleges and universities, general agreement about "why" diversity is important. Yet, we grapple with the ' how" to teach cultural diversity and measure the outcome of cultural competence. Margaret Scisney-Matlock's article, "Systematic Methods to Enhance Diversity Knowledge Gained: A Proposed Path to Professional Richness," provides empirical documentation on "how" to enhance the student's ability to develop cultural competency. Scisney-Matlock's work is unique, because it shifts us from the old paradigm of teaching the stereotypes that are typically found in textbooks that have a chapter on culture. These stereotypes are of grave concern to faculty and students of color, because the depictions of people of color do not reflect them accurately. A good deal of the published literate on ethnicity is based on out-- dated biological and sociological research. …

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