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ERIC Number: ED016726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 205
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Reference Count: 0
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CHARACTERISTICS OF NEGRO STUDENTS ATTENDING PREVIOUSLY ALL-WHITE SCHOOLS IN THE DEEP SOUTH. FINAL REPORT.
CHESLER, MARK A.; SEGAL, PHYLLIS
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO INVESTIGATE THE PROCESS OF SCHOOL INTEGRATION IN THE DEEP SOUTH IN TERMS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS AND INTERRACIAL EXPERIENCES OF A SAMPLE OF DESEGREGATING NEGRO STUDENTS, THE REACTIONS OF THE NEGRO COMMUNITY, AND THE REACTIONS OF THE STUDENTS' WHITE TEACHERS. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH A SAMPLE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL NEGRO STUDENTS WHO TRANSFERRED TO PREVIOUSLY ALL-WHITE SCHOOLS, WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS, AND WITH A CONTROL SAMPLE OF NEGRO STUDENTS SIMILAR TO THE DESEGREGATING STUDENTS EXCEPT THAT THEY CHOSE NOT TO TRANSFER. IT WAS FOUND THAT MOST STUDENTS HAD THEMSELVES MADE THE DECISION TO TRANSFER AND THAT THEY BELIEVED THE WHITE SCHOOLS OFFERED A BETTER EDUCATION. HOWEVER MANY WHITE TEACHERS MISPERCEIVED THE STUDENTS' MOTIVES AND THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED ONLY IN RACIAL INTEGRATION. THE TEACHERS MADE NO ATTEMPT TO CONSTRUCTIVELY COUNTERACT THE TENSION ACCOMPANYING THE INTERRACIAL INTERACTION WITHIN THEIR CLASSROOMS. FORTY-ONE PERCENT OF THE NEGRO STUDENTS PERCEIVED THEIR WHITE CLASSMATES AS REACTING NEGATIVELY TO THEM AND DISTRUSTED WHITES MORE AFTER THE INTEGRATION EXPERIENCE THAN THEY HAD BEFORE. THE STUDENTS WHO DID NOT TRANSFER FELT THAT THEIR DESEGREGATING FRIENDS HAD ACQUIRED A FALSE SENSE OF SUPERIORITY. THE DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION THAT HAS EMERGED FROM THIS STUDY MIGHT BE USED BY EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
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