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ERIC Number: ED036576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 12
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The Effect of Ethnic and Social Class Variables on Semantic Differential Performance.
Denmark, Florence L.; And Others
This report describes a study instituted to determine whether attitude scales standardized on a white population falter when applied to black subjects. The subjects were 656 white and black college students, 457 of these being middle class white students, 29 middle class black students, and 70 lower class black students. Eight semantic differential scales were administered, six of which were related to studying, learning, lectures, group discussion, and college graduates. The remaining two were related to self-perception: real self and ideal self. Findings of the study suggested that the structure of perceptions of concepts related to higher learning differes for blacks and whites, as well as for lower class and middle class blacks. The findings thus question the universality of Osgood's semantic space (Osgood, Suci, and Tannenbaum, 1957) by suggesting that adjectival measures of the same factors vary across ethnic groups. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (KG)
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Identifiers: Osgood Semantic Differential Test
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., 1969