ERIC Number: ED087646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Children's Associations with Their Own and Other Countries.
Allen, D. I.; Birch, D. R.
An in-progress report of a study exploring the nature and content of children's concepts of their own and other countries is presented. Current literature on early development of concepts of other people and places is reviewed, followed by a description of the open-ended procedure adopted for gathering data. The test is being conducted in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and is being administered to approximately 400 children in grades one, three and six. Students are asked to write whatever they think in response to the name of eight countries - England, China, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria and the United States. Responses are content-analyzed with particular attention to number of items, ego-centrism, primary orientation, evaluative comment, and stereotypes. Analysis of partial data from the United States and Canada produces findings that differ from or modify previous investigations in this area as noted in tentative concluding remarks. A summary of responses used for this analysis and forty-seven student responses are reproduced. (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Images, Cultural Interrelationships, Data Analysis, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Ethnocentrism, Formative Evaluation, Generalization, Maturation, Research Methodology, Speeches, Stereotypes, World Geography
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby 2, British Columbia, Canada ($.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, February 1973