ERIC Number: ED204474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Can Racial Attitudes Be Changed? Synopis.
Ijaz, M. Ahmed
The attitudes of white Canadian fifth and sixth graders toward blacks and East Indians were examined by means of a semantic differential measure, a social distance scale, and a contact questionnaire. No significant differences in attitudes were found between students in schools with a high and low proportion of black and East Indian students. White students in both types of schools revealed highly negative attitudes towards the two minority groups. Compared to white students, black and East Indian students showed less positive cognitions of and greater social distance toward their own ethnic groups. The implementation of a cultural program focusing on aspects of East Indian culture through folk dance, music, and crafts resulted in improved racial attitudes toward East Indians in white students. In East Indian students the program brought about improved cognitions toward their own ethnic group. The effects of the program were maintained three months later. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (7th, Vancouver, March, 1981); For a related document, see UD 021 509.