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ERIC Number: ED066370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Pages: 17
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Attitudes Toward Black Americans Held by Rural and Urban White Early Childhood Subjects Based Upon Multi-Ethnic Social Studies Materials.
Yawkey, Thomas D.
This study measures the attitudinal change of elementary white students toward Black Americans after reading and participating in teacher directed discussion of social studies multi-ethnic literary materials. In addition to developing the teacher directed reading and discussion approach, the research sought to determine if attitudinal change would occur in both urban and rural schools. One hundred and four whites ages 7 to 7 served as subjects; half of whom were from urban and half from rural schools. Both schools contained experimental and control groups, the experimental one reading texts with equal emphasis on urban and rural settings and participating in classroom discussion about Black feelings, situations, and contributions. "An Attitudinal Questionnaire Concerning Black Americans", the instrument used in the pre-test and post-test, measured the white children's attitudinal change toward the Negro. The basic conclusion drawn from the experiment is that reading and discussion of multi-ethnic social studies materials can influence attitudes toward Black Americans significantly in white urban children, and favorably in rural children, suggesting that racial harmony can be fostered in a classroom. (SJM)
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