ERIC Number: ED044468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
A Study of School Integration. Final Report.
Pettigrew, Thomas F.
The research presented in this study focuses on the hypothesis that there are consistent patterns of school desegregation and racial attitudes in the South and urban North which can be empirically derived and mathematically described through the simultaneous use of ecological and opinion data. Findings relating to the public school desegregation process in Texas, attitudes of white and Negro Texas toward racial desegregation, racial voting and attitudes in the urban North, and attitudes toward parental control of public schools are considered as supporting the hypothesis. The findings led to the tentative formulation of two middle-range theories. The first, on the operation of attitude climates in the desegregation process, was explicitly sought; and the second, on the attitude effects of dramatic events, was held to be an unexpected dividend of the project's research approach. New research methods utilized in the study included: a method of simulating attitude climates for areas smaller than the original sampling frames of the surveys used; establishment of a 200-survey library of race survey data; adaptation of a number of aggregate analysis techniques to study racial voting across urban precincts; and, two new uses of established methods for contextual models of school desegregation. Policy implications for public education encompass racial desegregation in the South, basis of white resistance in the North, and parental control of public schools. (RJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.