ERIC Number: ED049340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Story-Setting Preferences of Inner-City Children.
Okada, Masahito; Sullivan, Howard J.
The study was designed to determine whether inner-city children of various ethnic groups prefer suburban or inner-city story settings. Subjects (Ss) participating were first-grade pupils from two large urban school districts in California and Texas. The student population in one school in each district was almost exclusively Negro; the population of a second was Caucasian; and, the third was Mexican-American. Ten boys and ten girls were randomly selected from the dominant ethnic group in one first-grade class at each of the six schools. Four pairs of 11 by 14 inch black-and-white illustrations were prepared for use as stimulus materials. Each pair depicted an environmental setting frequently appearing in the every-day experiences of children. One illustration depicted an inner-city scene representing the designated setting, the other a suburban scene. Each subject was shown one pair of illustrations at a time by the experimenter until he had responded to the four pairs. The 120 Ss selected an average of 2.47 suburban settings, or 62 percent, and 1.53 inner-city settings, or 38 percent. Both black children, 74 percent, and Caucasian children, 62 percent, selected suburban settings more often than inner-city settings. Mexican-American children selected the two types of settings approximately an equal number of times. [This document has been reproduced from the best available xerox copy of the paper.] (Author/DM)
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Identifiers: California; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February 4-7, 1971