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ERIC Number: ED055306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 21
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Changes in Sociometric Choices Following Forced Integration of an Elementary School.
Shaw, Marvin E.
It is generally agreed that increased acceptance may be expected when members of different groups interact on an equal status basis, in an atmosphere of goodwill toward men. This study was planned to examine the proposition that the effects of interracial association on tolerance and acceptance of other group members depends upon the circumstances under which the association occurs. Carried out in an elementary school that had experienced massive integration in the middle of the school year, the study was run in 2 parts: the first concerned sociometric choices of pupils and the second concerned interactions of black and white pupils in the classroom. Both sociometric and interaction data revealed a strong tendency for members of each group to prefer to associate with other members of their own race. Furthermore, this tendency was not improved by a year of association in a school situation that appeared to have ideal conditions for fostering interracial acceptance. Yet, although equal status association may not eliminate the cleavage between races, it may eliminate much of the hostility that has been fostered by unequal status non-association. (Author/TA)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville.