ERIC Number: ED065525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Race as an Experimenter Effect In Racial Attitude Measurement.
Sedlacek, William E.; Brooks, Glenwood C., Jr.
Sedlacek and Brooks in measuring the attitudes of whites toward blacks with the Situational Attitude Scale (SAS) have used trained white administrators in all previous studies. The purpose of white administrators was to avoid calling attention to the racial variable being measured. However the instrument is not the entire simulus presented to subjects (Ss). A number of studies have shown that the characteristics, including race, of the researcher can affect results. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of race of the experimenter administering the SAS on obtained results. Results indicated that there were no measureable effects attributable to the race of the person administering the SAS. Ss responded very similarly to Ss in previous administrations, that is whites generally responded negatively to blacks in personal or social situations. Evidence from this and other studies seems to indicate that the contextual situations provided by the SAS are sufficiently difficult to ignore, so that the S does make a racial response. Also Ss tend not to be distracted by extraneous variables such as race of experimenter, or the particular term used to denote race on the SAS. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.