ERIC Number: ED058331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Racial Attitudes, Authoritarianism and Dogmatism Among University Students.
Sedlacek, William E.; Brooks, Glenwood C., Jr.
If universities and colleges are to provide an optimal education for students from all cultures and backgrounds they should examine the relationships among their students. Since there has been an increase in black freshman enrollment at large universities from three percent in 1969 to four percent in 1970 and institutions are preparing students for life in a multi-cultural society, several questions may be posed: How will white students react? What are the attitudes of white students towards blacks? The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship among racial attitudes, authoritarianism, and dogmatism in white university students. Form B of the Situational Attitude Scale and the D and F Scales were administered to 233 prospective freshmen about to enter the University of Maryland. Scores were intercorrelated to determine the relationship among student attitudes. Results indicated that whites holding negative attitudes toward blacks also tended to be more dogmatic and authoritarian than whites with more positive attitudes. Other studies done at Maryland have reported similar racial attitudes for freshmen and seniors. If an institution is committeed to preparing people to live and work in the larger society, providing for positive intercultural experiences on campus would seem to be a necessary and appropriate function. Required courses on race relations and support of student and faculty programs by the administration were suggested. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.
Identifiers: Maryland; Situational Attitude Scale (Sedlacek and Brooks)