ERIC Number: ED041813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
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Race, Caste, and Prejudice: the Influence of Change in Knowledge on Change in Attitude.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the teaching of cognitive knowledge affects attitudes dealing with race, social class, caste, and religious and ethnic groups. Treatment consisted of teaching an anthropological-sociological unit, Man and Myth: A Unit in Ethnic Relations, which presents knowledge generated by research in the behavioral sciences dealing with race, class, and prejudice. Subjects were high school students in eight classes in three schools: a black inner-city school, a white inner-city school, and a white suburban school. Three teachers each taught one control and one experimental class. Subjects were given pretests, immediate posttests, and delayed posttests. Tests consisted of a cognitive test based on the unit, a cognitive-affective scale, Remmers' attitude test, and a social distance scale. While the results are mixed, they give a little support to the hypothesis that increased knowledge about racial and social groups reduces negative attitudes between such groups. (DJB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Behavioral Science Research, Black Attitudes, Cognitive Tests, Doctoral Dissertations, Ethnic Groups, High School Students, Racial Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Statistical Analysis
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia