ERIC Number: ED083202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Some Preliminary Observations Regarding the Minnesota State Human Relations Requirement and Its Effect on In-Service Teachers.
Carl, Michael E.; Jones, Larry W.
In reaction to objections from various minority groups in Minnesota regarding the way they were portrayed and treated in the public schools, the state adopted Education 521, the Human Relations Component, in all programs leading to either initial certification or recertification in education. It was the task of this study to determine the effects of human relations training on teachers participating in such a class. A questionnaire was given to participants at the final meeting. The results indicated that the participants felt that the topics were appropriate to their needs; a majority felt that role playing and simulation games were helpful for understanding other people's feelings. Other questions on the questionnaire asked about the improvement of the participants' knowledge of minority groups (including young people, senior citizens, and women) and about increased sensitivity to their colleagues and students. Specific results are included in the tables in the text. The conclusions see the course experience as bringing some increased flexibility, increased awareness of behavior that needs changing, and increased sensitivity to colleagues and students. (JA)
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