ERIC Number: ED059495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Racial Composition and Group Size on Interaction Patterns in Preschool Children.
Harrison, Murelle G.; And Others
Previous research has indicated that preschool aged children are aware of racial differences, but this awareness does not affect their interaction in mixed-race groups. The present study extended this work by comparing 2- and 4-person homogeneous and racially-mixed groups of 3 1/2 to 5 year old children. Results indicated that the frequencies of initiations and negative responses were lower in 4-person racially mixed groups than in 4-person homogeneous groups. Also, the ratio of responses in general to initiations was lower in mixed groups than in homogeneous groups. Thus, racial awareness was found to inhibit social behavior. (Author)
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Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.