ERIC Number: ED060155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Relationships of Social Characteristics, Attitudes, and Political Behavior of Inner-City Community College Students.
Holtzman, S. Jo
The purpose of the study was to differentiate among black college students by attitudes and behavior, in relation to social characteristics, in order to relate better to their individual needs. Individual interviews were conducted of 144 black students and a control group of 159 white students. A questionnaire was designed which used both standard survey research scales and original measures of attitudes and protest activities. Important social characteristics which emerged were social class, sex, age, religion, and status as a veteran. Each was related to attitudes toward separatism-integration and toward the political system. Each was also related to participation in protest activities and to attitudes toward oneself. The integration experience itself emerged as both related to protest activity and certain political attitudes. It was concluded that the integration experience built support for the political system. A vast array of differences in personality, attitudes and behavior was demonstrated among blacks. Evaluation of the positive effect of integration on attitudes and behavior led to strong recommendations to restructure education based on integrated groups, rather than neighborhood. (Author/LM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll., MO.