ERIC Number: ED023693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Images of Africa: A Report on What American Secondary School Students Know and Believe about Africa South of the Sahara.
Beyer, Barry K.; Hicks, E. Perry
"Project Africa" surveyed selected seventh- and 12th-grade students in 24 states to determine (1) the specific nature of their images of Africa south of the Sahara, both before and after any formal study of this region, and (2) the types and accuracy of the students' knowledge about the region and its peoples. In one survey, students were asked to match stimulus words with regions of the world. In a second survey, a multiple choice test consisting of questions exclusively on Africa was used. The results of these surveys indicated that students have a stereotyped and inaccurate image of the region and that their basic knowledge about it is minimal. The conclusion is that, because students leaving secondary school should have a basic understanding of Africa, the region south of the Sahara must receive more adequate treatment, in both quantity and quality, than it presently does receive. (See also TE 499 973). (LH)
Descriptors: African Culture, Area Studies, Black Culture, Black History, Developing Nations, Educational Testing, Geographic Regions, Geography Instruction, Instructional Materials, Non Western Civilization, Program Evaluation, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, World Affairs, World Geography, World History
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Africa; Project Africa