Academic journal article Making Connections

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article Making Connections

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

True to the journal's full title, this open topic issue of Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity reflects approaches to cultural diversity from a variety of disciplines. And equally important, the essays contained within this issue examine a diversity of cultures. The opening essay, "The Global Pathways Initiative: Florida State University's Interdisciplinary Efforts to Become Interculturally Competent," by Devine, Green, and McDowell, explains FSU's Global Pathways Certificate Program, an initiative to enhance student and faculty intercultural competence that might serve as a model for other institutions. The Global Pathways Certificate encourages students to explore cultures other than their own internationally as well as in the United States.

Two other essays in this issue approach cultural diversity from the perspective of education. Terwilliger's "Mapping Stories: Taking Detours to Challenge Whiteness" details a study in which pre-service teachers worked with migrant children while journaling and discussing their changing attitudes toward the connection between race and education. And Pang's "How China's Special Education Law Impacts the Living Status of Individuals with Disabilities" compares China's special education laws to those in the United States, pointing out that there are areas in which China's special education laws still need to be improved. …

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