ERIC Number: ED252454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
South Asia in the Minds of Pennsylvania High School Students.
Scull, C. Robert; McCartney, Donna
Pennsylvania high school seniors who were tested on their knowledge of South Asian geography, history, political science, and culture knew little about this politically important region. The sample included 684 urban and rural students from high and low income families who answered 43 multiple choice questions on knowledge, interests, and attitudes about South Asia. Some of the weak areas included confusion about American relationships with Pakistan and India; incorrectly identifying India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh on maps; not recognizing India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as former British colonies; and demonstrating uncertainty about religious and ethnic divisions within the area. Student attitudes toward South Asia were neutral to negative, but their attitudes toward South Asians personally were receptive. They were also somewhat interested in learning more about the culture of the region. Appendices include information about participating high schools and the breakdown for answers to 12 of the 43 questions used on the multiple choice test. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Afghanistan; Asia (South); Bangladesh; India; Pakistan; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 17-20, 1984). Research supported by a grant from the Shippensburg University Foundation Program of Grants for Faculty Research.