ERIC Number: ED204448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Study on Ethnic Attitudes of Elementary School Children Toward Blacks and East Indians. A Report to the Scarborough Board of Education.
Ijaz, M. Ahmed
A study of the ethnic attitudes of white fifth and sixth graders in elementary schools in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, revealed highly negative racial attitudes toward blacks and East Indians. It was concluded that traditional educational measures were ineffective in promoting positive racial attitudes. In response to these findings, 170 students participated in a cultural program that focused on East Indian folk dance, music, and crafts. Children's ethnic attitudes were tested prior to the implementation of the program, immediately after its conclusion, and three months later. Parents' occupational status was found to be associated in some cases with children's racial attitudes. The program resulted in significantly improved racial attitudes toward East Indians. In this paper, a description and outline of the cultural program are provided as are recommendations for improving cultural education. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Black Students, Change Strategies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Images, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Folk Culture, Foreign Countries, Indians, Multicultural Education, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Student Attitudes, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see UD 021 560.