ERIC Number: ED165527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Community Perceptions of Campus Unrest. Research Report No. 4-71.
Herman, Michele H.; Sedlacek, William E.
In 1970, a randomly selected sample of 101 residents of the community surrounding the University of Maryland, College Park, were surveyed to determine their perceptions of campus unrest, and their responses were compared to student perceptions of the same events. Study variables were liberal-conservative self-ratings of the residents, political party identification, education, age, income, sex, race, and attitudes and behavior related to campus disruptions and the war in Vietnam. Some general conclusions were reached, but there was a great range of opinion among the College Park community residents. Based on the self-selected labels of liberal and conservatives, liberals tended to see the society and university at fault, and the conservatives tended to place the fault with the demonstrators. Younger community residents were more likely to feel that the National Guard intensified the violence and that foreign policy caused the disturbances. Older residents tended to feel that disrupters should be expelled, that the National Guard made the campus safe, and that outside agitators and spring fever caused the disruptions. A sample of 5,671 students were administered some of the same items. Students generally responded similarly to the liberal community group sample with respect to the war and to causes of the disturbances. Survey questions and response data are included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Community Attitudes, Conflict, Dissent, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Political Attitudes, Questionnaires, Research Projects, Social Attitudes, State Universities, Student Alienation, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Surveys
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park