Women of Color and the Multicultural Curriculum: Transforming the College Classroom

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Liza Fiol-Matta, Mariam Chamberlain
Feminist Press at CUNY, 1994 - Education - 390 pages

The product of 13 curriculum projects that involved several hundred educators nationwide, this volume provides faculty and administrators with a guide to multicultural curricular change-especially with respect to women. While women represent over half of the college students on campus, they are still represented only minimally in the allegedly "mainstream" curriculum. Women of color are far less visible in the curriculum than white women.

Both the process and the results of a Ford Foundation funded project are presented here in a format that allows browsing and promotes reading straight through. The volume is divided into three major sections, the first of which highlights the actual process of faculty transformation and administrative support essential to curricular changes as it occurred on two of the participating campuses, U.C.L.A. and George Washington University. Extensive multidisciplinary faculty development syllabi are provided.

Section Two conatins 37 transformed undergraduate course syllabi for courses in sociology, American history and literature, and more, with brief essays describing professors' encounters with teaching the new texts. Section Three is an invaluable interdisciplinary guide to teaching about Puerto Rican women, prepared by a team of scholars at SUNY, Albany. It provided information about Puerto Rican women inside and outside Puerto Rico, as well as teaching strategies for integrating such information into the traditional curriculum.

This volume shows that essential educational change-to meet the diversity of U.S. students-may be somewhat slower than one would wish, and more difficult, but it is complex, challenging, and intellectually exciting.

 

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Contents

Process and Pedagogy for Curriculum Transformation
25
Understanding Outcomes of Curriculum Transformation
37
Faculty Seminar Models
50
American and Related Literature
56
Sociology Seminar
66
Psychology and Cognate Fields
75
History Seminar
86
Interdisciplinary Seminar
98
American Realism
242
Theology
246
Writing
251
Developmental Writing ESL
259
Social Sciences
263
Economics
272
Geography
276
Political Science
281

American Ethnic Studies Seminar
112
Crossing Borders Crossing Cultures
128
Model Undergraduate Curriculum
139
Litmus Tests for Curriculum Transformation
141
Reflections on Teaching Literature by American Women of Color
144
Humanities
149
Art and Architecture
152
History of Art II
156
Introduction to the History of Architecture
159
Bernard College FirstYear Seminars
164
History Truth and Fiction
170
Women and the Fantastic in Literature
175
Illness and Society
181
Elites in Society
185
History
188
Women of Color in Early America
191
US History to 1877
200
History of the United States the Twentieth Century
205
1890 to the Present
209
History of the Family in the United States 18701990
215
Literature
222
Survey of American Literature to 1865
228
Brief Bibliography of Native American Resources for American Literature Survey
233
The American Novel
236
American Novel
238
Introduction to American National Government
284
Psychology
291
Sociology
304
Introduction to Sociology
306
Introduction to Sociology
309
Sociology of Sex and Gender
312
Sociology of the Family
316
Modern Sociological Theory
320
Population and Social Structure in the United States
323
An Annotated Bibliography of Course Materials on Women of Color
327
III Focus on Puerto Rican Studies
341
An Interdisciplinary Guide for Research and Curriculum on Puerto Rican Women
343
The Dialectics of Class Race Ethnicity and Gender
347
Restoring Women in History The Island and US Experiences
351
Political Economy Women and Work
354
Family and Gender Roles
357
The Psychology of Women
359
Reproductive Rights and Health Issues
362
Womens Literature and Art
364
Migration
367
Women and Education
370
Demographic Data
372
Afterword
387
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