ERIC Number: ED343844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
The Perception of Nigerian Students in Kano State of Other Nations and Other People.
Haas, Mary E.; Inuwa, Ahmed R.
This study examined the views of three groups of students in Kano, Nigeria concerning other nations and their peoples. The research was designed to test the hypotheses of previous researchers who have speculated that children's attitudes toward other nations can be explained by developmental theories. Specifically, the study sought to answer three questions: How do Nigerian students from Kano State view other nations and their people? What are the source(s) of the Nigerian students' knowledge about other nations and people? and Does the perception of Nigerian students toward other nations and people support the developmental hypotheses proposed by previous researchers? For this study, groups of students in grades 4, 8, and 12 formed the sample. A survey was used in which students were asked to assign various adjectives to nine nations: China, England, France, Japan, the United States, USSR, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Ghana. Eighth and twelfth graders were asked about the sources of their information. From the findings, it was concluded that Kano students at all grade levels had strong, measurable perceptions about their own nation and other nations. Students tended to view nations in a positive and friendly way. It is suggested that since it would appear that young children have distinct views of other nations, an early introduction to learning about other nations and people is both important and appropriate. A 6-item reference list is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Global Education; Nigeria (Kano State)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 22, 1992).