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ERIC Number: ED249331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interracial Contact Opportunities. Effects of Organizational Structure on Communication Patterns in Desegregated Middle Schools.
Damico, Sandra Bowman; Sparks, Christopher
This study contrasts interracial communication patterns among students attending two desegregated schools which differed in organizational structure (one was a middle school and one a junior high school). Both schools were similar in size, student socioeconomic profile, and percent of white and black pupils. Multiple analysis of variance indicated that black adolescents attending the junior high school, which used primarily a recitation mode of instruction, had significantly less verbal contact with white classmates than did black students attending the middle school, which used a multi-task format. Moreover, all students attending junior high school, regardless of race or sex, received significantly less verbal contact from classmates than did those students attending the middle school. Organizational structure of the schools was thus found to limit contact within race as well as across race. The unique roles of white and black females in the social structures of their schools were also highlighted by other data. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April, 1984). May be marginally legible due to light type.