ERIC Number: ED046357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Public Response and Private Feeling: Reaction to the Kent State Situation.
Brown, Steven R.; Thomas, Dani B.
This report discusses 2 studies that examine reaction to the killing of 4 students by National Guardsmen at Kent State University, Ohio, on May 4, 1970. The first study was designed to investigate the segmentation of the public in terms of its reaction to the Kent State incident. Three groups, or attitudinal types: radicalized students, tolerant, but somewhat conservative adults, and intolerant adults, emerged factor-analytically through a Q technique analysis of 228 respondents. Their sentiments were segmented into 3 groupings: (1) those supporting students, (2) those intolerantly opposing them, and (3) those who were tolerant, but nonsupporting. This study considered the characteristics of these groups and their relation to one another. The second study is an intensive analysis of the perceptual worlds of 6 radical and 6 moderate Kent State students, in which images of figures in their personal and political worlds were examined factor-analytically for evidence bearing on the ways in which students related to the Kent State situation. An appendix includes the factor loadings and factor scores associated with the first study. (Author/F) (Author/AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Kent State University OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York City, New York, February, 1971