ERIC Number: ED251392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge to Promote Understanding of and Change Attitudes toward the Third World.
Results of a survey of college students to determine attitude change toward the Third World as a result of their participation in classes taught by faculty members involved in a Third World Faculty Development Seminar are discussed. Faculty from many disciplines participated in the seminar and then integrated Third World materials into their courses. A survey questionnaire was administered to students before and after completing the course. Results demonstrated a significant increase in students' empathy and in their awareness of conditions in the Third World as a result of course participation. Most change occurred in students' understanding of how the international economic system perpetuates the poverty of the Third World. Age, sex, and political views were found to be significant factors in explaining different attitudes toward developing nations; the number of credits completed, income, religion, travel, and race or ethnicity were not found to be significant factors. The greatest attitude change was recorded among political conservatives, blacks, younger students, upper income groups, religious conservatives, males, and Protestants. (RM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Course Evaluation, Developing Nations, Educational Research, Faculty Development, Global Approach, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Political Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Third World
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 17-20, 1984).