Educating the Workforce of the 21st Century: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of the Impact of the Undergraduate Experience on Students’ Development of a Pluralistic Orientation

TitleEducating the Workforce of the 21st Century: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of the Impact of the Undergraduate Experience on Students’ Development of a Pluralistic Orientation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEngberg, M
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume48
Pagination283-317
Date Published2007
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03610365
KeywordsAFFIRMATIVE , COLLEGE , Comprehension , Diversity , Higher , LABOR , LEARNING , major , pluralism , POSTSECONDARY , undergraduate , Workforce
AbstractThis study extends the extant research demonstrating the educational benefits of diversity and examines how undergraduate students across disciplinary contexts acquire a set of pluralistic skills and dispositions necessary for today’s diverse workforce and society. The sample consisted of 4697 students who participated in a longitudinal study in the Fall of 2000 and Spring of 2002 at nine different public institutions. Findings from the study emphasize the importance of structural diversity in promoting positive interactions across race, which in turn produce positive indirect effects on students’ intergroup learning and second-year pluralistic orientation. The study also demonstrates the varying ways in which students in different majors acquire pluralistic skills, especially students in the engineering and life sciences. 
NotesEngberg, Mark 1; Email Address: mark@humancapital.com; Affiliation: 1: Human Capital Research , 500 Davis Street, Suite 1002 Evanston 60201 USA; Source Info: May2007, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p283; Subject Term: HIGHER education; Subject Term: LABOR supply; Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: AFFIRMATIVE action programs; Subject Term: POSTSECONDARY education; Subject Term: DIVERSITY in the workplace; Subject Term: LABOR market; Subject Term: COMPREHENSION; Subject Term: LEARNING; Author-Supplied Keyword: affirmative action; Author-Supplied Keyword: diversity; Author-Supplied Keyword: higher education; Author-Supplied Keyword: major; Author-Supplied Keyword: pluralism; Author-Supplied Keyword: undergraduate students; Author-Supplied Keyword: workforce; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923130 Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs); NAICS/Industry Codes: 561320 Temporary Help Services; Number of Pages: 35p; Illustrations: 6 Diagrams, 3 Charts; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11162-006-9027-2

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