ERIC Number: ED173457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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National Comparisons of Racial Attitudes of Segregated and Desegregated Students.
Scott, Richard R.
Racial attitude questions from national surveys such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are being used to show that progress has been made toward interracial harmony in this country. However, there is reason to worry about conclusions from such measures, because they may indicate only progress on learning the socially desirable response rather than the true feelings of the respondents. In fact, a closer examination of racial attitude responses on the NAEP indicates that there is a significant residue of real mistrust between blacks and whites, particularly in the areas of neighborhood integration for whites and personal services for blacks. The cautions against using racial attitude questions also apply to investigations of effects of school desegregation. For example, by controlling for social desirability response bias, results from an examination of responses made by black and white students on the NAEP, show that school desegregation has a positive influence on black students' expression of acceptance for whites and a mixture of positive and negative effects on white students' expression of acceptance of blacks. Furthermore, when subgroups with the least tendency toward social desirability bias were isolated, findings show the most positive effect of desegregation on the acceptance by both blacks and whites of the opposite race. (Author/EB) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Results (Secondary Analyses).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress
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