ERIC Number: ED059951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Race, Social Power and Imitation. Final Report.
The purpose of the research described in this paper is to find if the race of a sixth grade male child and the race of his existing social model are important in the child's imitation of a person with social power. Social power is defined as the model's personal control over another person. Social imitation is behavioral change in a child based on seeing the behavior of another person. The races under consideration here are Negro and Caucasian. The first experiment investigated whether legitimate social power is a relevant variable in social imitation. The second experiment varied the race of the child and the social model as potentially significant aspects of imitative behavior. Thirty Negro and Caucasian children viewed films using two Negro and two Caucasian 25-30 year old men as existing social models. The results of these experiments suggest that in a school setting, where integration of black and whites at both the faculty and student level has been working smoothly, neither race nor legitimate power stand out as determiners of imitation behavior in students. (Author/AWW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia.