ERIC Number: ED084212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Contacts, Attitudes and Understanding.
Reich, Carol; Purbhoo, Mary
To investigate the effects of contacts with people from other cultures, students in nine Canadian secondary schools with differing ethnic population densities were compared. The first focus of the study was the development of cross-cultural understanding. Three measurement instruments were administered to eleventh grade English and history classes to show that cross-cultural contacts, under normal circumstances at least, seem to lead to increased cross cultural awareness and understanding, but that the progression from understanding to acceptance is much more problematic and needs special nurturing. The second focus of the study was achievement. Information gathered by a questionnaire on students' extra-curricular involvement and their educational and occupational expectations and data on students' grades indicated that cultural diversity within a school fosters a higher level of academic achievement and more demanding educational occupational plans for the future. Footnotes and references are followed by appendices containing role-taking scoring guidelines, tables of scores of the three tolerance measures, and a report of some feedback on the study. (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Contact, Ethnic Relations, Extracurricular Activities, Grade 11, Measurement Instruments, Occupational Aspiration, Questionnaires, Role Playing, Secondary Schools
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Identifiers - Location: Canada