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ERIC Number: ED073485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 173
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An Experimental Application of the Galvanic Skin Response to the Measurement of Effects of Literature on Attitudes of Fifth Grade Students Toward Blacks.
Brisbin, Charles Dan
An experiment was conducted to measure the effects of selected literature on white fifth graders' attitudes toward blacks as measured by self-reported rankings and the Galvanic skin response. The experimental group of twelve students read and discussed books with positive representations of blacks, while the control group of twelve students read and discussed books with neutral representations of blacks. It was found that the experimental group ranked blacks more positively as a result of the treatment. But the Galvanic skin responses revealed no differences between the two groups. The treatment was considered enough to cause a verbalized change, but not sufficient to cause emotional re-orientation. It was concluded that the power of literature to shape attitudes seems to be overestimated. True attitudinal change will require more extensive and intensive programs, possibly containing selected literature as one component. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Wayne State University