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ERIC Number: ED253098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 119
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of University French Study to Ethnocentrism-Chauvinism, Social Distance and Ethnic Descriptions.
Garrott, Carl L.
A study comparing the ethnic attitudes of students engaged in three levels of French language study in an anglophone university also looks at the relationship between these attitudes and gender, socioeconomic level, and course grade aspiration. Ethnic attitudes are defined as (1) descriptions of francophones; (2) social distance, or the degree of avoidance between two people in social situations; and (3) ethnocentrism-chauvinism. The subjects were 76 students at each of three levels of French instruction, with instructors from a variety of backgrounds. A number of demographic and attitude measures were used. The major findings were: (1) the two lower level classes indicated a desire for more personal contact with francophones; (2) there was decreasing ethnocentrism-chauvinism from elementary to intermediate French; (3) more positive descriptions of francophones occurred between elementary and intermediate French, but not in advanced French; (4) males experienced the most rapid decrease in social distance across all grade expectations; (5) females had higher semantic differential scores across all levels; (6) high mean scores on the three attitude scales correlated with high socioeconomic level; (7) low grade expectations were associated with negative descriptions of francophones, greater ethnocentrism-chauvinism, and greater social distance; and (8) course grade expectations were substantially correlated with all three attitude scale results. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Social Distance