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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The "Depth" and "Breadth" of Multicultural

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.33 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 15, 2002 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: ? This is a class room exercise to explain the meaning, dimensions and complexity of culture by involving the whole class and asking questions and creating debates and discussions to highlight the differences between race, ethicity and culture, values, attitudes, behaviors and common belief systems.? This module challenges students to think more deeply and broadly about what culture is and how it can be viewed from a variety of perspectives
Learning Goals: To differentiate between race, ethicity and multicultural issues.
Target Student Population: ? This module is defintely for for undergraduate students of education, business and social studies including pre-service teachers.? It could also be use as a part of an International or Consumer Behavior course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: ? Good communication, leadership in class discussions and debates, knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and empirical manifastation of cultural behaviors among different groups.
Type of Material: Lesson plan
Technical Requirements: Black/white board, or an easel pad.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: ? There is a lot of student participation? It provides accurate information and summarizes the content very well.
Concerns: ? Some conceptual works of earlier studies should be given for reading after the module. ? For those teachers not familiar with the literature on culture, it would help to provide some more background on what culture is and the role it plays in life/work/school (e.g., decision making, interpretation of events, negotiation etc.)

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: ? It has a clear objective and easy to implement.? It could be inserted easily into many different parts of a curriculum.
Concerns: ? Issues discussed should be enhanced with further readings and the relevance with the business administration issues should be explained as a follow-up.? Could use some more complex dimensions/applications.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: ? Very simplified, very practical module. ? For those teachers active in the study and teaching of culture, it is an excellent idea that can easily implemented.
Concerns: ? The module is rather simple, without conceptual backup studies such as Hofstede, Hall etc.? Could use some more direction regarding how to guide a discussion while minimizing bias.