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ERIC Number: ED073852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 12
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The Social Adjustment of Neighborhood and Bused Children.
Willie, Charles V.
A study was conducted during the 1964-65 school year to determine the kinds of social adaptation made by inner-city black children who were bused to two middle-class, predominantly white elementary schools and by white students new to the same schools. Two-way social adjustment ratings (from students and teachers) were obtained on about half of the black students and about 3/4 of the white students. Results showed that a majority of the children, black and white, adjusted well to their new school. A discrepancy existed between the opinions of teachers and students about their adjustment; teachers tended to rate white students as well adjusted more frequently than they themselves did and black students as poorly adjusted more frequently than they themselves did. It is considered that this tendency on the part of the white teachers may result from a persistence of racial myths and social Darwinism. It is also suggested that, considering the weight a teacher's opinion carries, the maladaptations which are said to exist among some low-income minority group students may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document] (KM)
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