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ERIC Number: ED018452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE WORLD ACROSS THE STREET.
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Center for Research and Development in Educational Differences.
THIS ARTICLE CONSISTS OF EXCERPTS FROM TAPED INTERVIEWS WITH TWO GROUPS OF FIVE 14-YEAR-OLD YOUTHS, ONE NEGRO AND ONE WHITE, WHO LIVED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE SAME PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT AND WERE NOT ACQUAINTED WITH EACH OTHER. THE INTERVIEWS FOCUSED ON THE BOYS' EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS. THEN, WITHOUT KNOWING THE IDENTITY OF THE OTHER GROUP, EACH GROUP OF BOYS LISTENED TO RECORDINGS OF THE OTHER'S DISCUSSION AND COMMENTED ON THEIR DIFFERING CHARACTERISTICS AND EXPECTATIONS. AS MEMBERS OF THE DOMINANT SOCIETY, THE WHITE BOYS EXPRESSED GREATER CERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR FUTURES AND THE VALUE OF AN EDUCATION. THE NEGRO YOUTHS WERE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THEIR OWN SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS AND ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF REALIZING THEIR VOCATIONAL GOALS, BUT THEY RESPONDED SYMPATHETICALLY AND SOMEWHAT ADMIRINGLY TO THE OTHER GROUP'S CONFIDENT SELF-PRESENTATIONS. THE WHITE BOYS REACTED TO THE NEGRO YOUTHS' DISCUSSION BY NEGATIVELY STEREOTYPING THEM. THE ARTICLE CONTAINS THE COMMENTS OF THE INTERVIEWERS ON THE DISCUSSIONS AND ON THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THIS ARTICLE IS A REPRINT FROM THE "HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION ASSOCIATION BULLETIN," VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2, FALL 1966, AND IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, LONGFELLOW HALL, APPIAN WAY, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02138. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Center for Research and Development in Educational Differences.
Identifiers: CAMBRIDGE; MASSACHUSETTS; Pathways to Identity Project