Again this year, the Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting “Books & Coffee” reading and discussion groups for faculty. Over the course of one semester, the group will meet multiple times to discuss the readings. Like many book clubs, participants will take turns, month to month, leading and facilitating discussion. And yes, we’ll always have coffee.
Book: Getting Culture: Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum
This semester's Books & Coffee group will focus on the book, Getting Culture: Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum, edited by Regan A. R. Gurung and Loreto R. Prieto. It will be accompanied by several additional articles.
About the book:
"How do we educate our students about cultural diversity and cultural differences, and eliminate cultural ignorance, stereotyping, and prejudice? What are the conceptual issues involved in reaching this goal? How can we integrate these perspectives in disciplinary and diversity courses, and the curriculum?
This book is a resource for answering these questions. Within the framework of current scholarship and discussion of essential concepts, it offers practical techniques, and empirically proven “best practices” for teaching about diversity.
The book opens with a conceptual framework, covering such issues as distinguishing teaching to a diverse audience from teaching about diversity and contrasting the incorporation of culture across the curriculum with tokenistic approaches. Subsequent chapters identify classroom practices that can optimize students’ learning, especially those from culturally diverse backgrounds; describe feminist principles of education that promote learning for all students; and address principles of effective on-line instruction for diverse populations." ~ Amazon.com, 2013.
Meeting and Topic Schedule
We will meet four times across the semester on Thursday afternoons from 2- 3:30 pm in Fleck 306. And we will always have coffee.
September 19: Getting Culture, Chapter 1
The first four chapters set up a discussion about cultural diversity – both teaching about cultural diversity and teaching culturally diverse students. Please read the first chapter for discussion and, as you are able, Chapter 2.
1. Teaching About Culture
2. Got Culture?: Incorporating Culture into the Curriculum
October 17: Getting Culture, Chapter 3
Please read Chapter 3 and, as you are able, Chapter 4.
3. Teaching About Diversity: Reflections and Future Directions
4. A Metapedagogical Approach to Culture in the Classroom
November 6: Getting Culture, Chapter 6
These chapters dip into some of the challenges we face in a culturally diverse classroom or when we try to incorporate diverse perspectives in our course materials. Please read Chapter 6 and any of the other chapters listed below as they interest you.
6. The Why’s and How’s of Being a Social Justice Ally
7. The Diversity Monologues
8. Infusing Cross-Cultural Experiences into the Classroom
9. Teaching About the Social Psychology of Disability
10. Foreign Language Learning
December 5: Getting Culture, Chapter 13
These chapters give examples of classroom assignments and activities that might engage a broad range of students. Please read Chapter 13 and select other chapters as they interest you.
13. Developing Diversity: Encouraging Multiple Viewpoints and Community in Classrooms
14. Creating Inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Courses
15. Teaching Diversity Through Literature
16. Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum
17. Experiential Activities for Teaching about Diversity
18. Enlisting the Participation of Students in Diversifying the Curriculum
19. A Seat at the Table for Everyone
How to Sign Up
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