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ERIC Number: ED083329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 261
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A Description and Comparison of the Attitudes of White High School Seniors Toward Black Americans in Three Suburban High Schools: An All White, a Desegregated, and an Integrated High School.
Lachat, Mary Ann
This study investigates the attitudes of white seniors toward black Americans in three suburban high schools varying in terms of the possible interaction between black and white students as reflected in each school's racial composition, grouping procedures, and curricular options. The study compared the attitudes of high school seniors in an all white high school with those of seniors in two racially mixed high schools. It was hoped that the study would provide some insights about the effect of intergroup contact on attitudes. However, the study also examined the implications of findings which maintain that contact alone may not break down the stereotypes between the two groups if the contact occurs in situations where status distinctions are maintained. The study thus make a distinction between an integrated setting which seeks to facilitate the positive interaction of a racially mixed student body, and a desegregated setting which does not foster interaction. The racial attitudes of the high school seniors were determined through written responses to a questionnaire of belief statements. Much of the data described situational characteristics within each high school which could be affecting student attitudes. These included school philosophy, grouping procedures, classroom racial balance, staff racial balance, curricular and library offerings related to the black experience, and patterns of student interaction in the two racially mixed settings. The writer obtained these data through interviews and observations. (Author/JM)
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Note: Doctoral (Ed.D.) Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1972