ERIC Number: ED055134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Kalamazoo Desegregation Study--Phase I.
Coates, William D.
Shortly after the Kalamazoo Public Schools adopted an extensive desegregation plan based on a two-way busing approach patterned after the Berkeley California Schools, a study designed to reveal strengths and weaknesses of the proposed plan was commissioned. It was originally intended to collect appropriate baseline data prior to desegregation and then to observe subsequent changes in the data at various times after the desegregation had been implemented to obtain systematic feedback regarding desegregation effects. The collection, analysis, and interpretation of the baseline data collected during the spring of 1971 constituted Phase I of the overall study. The findings of only the Phase I study are reported here. This document is a report of research findings in classrooms operating on the neighborhood school concept; it is not an evaluation of desegregation effects. In behavioral terms it is considered that there is no reason to believe that Kalamazoo teachers, as a group, discriminate against black students; teachers are just as accepting of ideas expressed by blacks as of those expressed by whites. Yet black students at both the elementary and secondary levels are held to have more unfavorable attitudes toward the school environment and seem to feel that teachers are less accepting of them than do whites. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: Kalamazoo Public Schools MI; Michigan