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ERIC Number: ED098561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 154
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A Study of the Effects of Reading Upon the Attitudes of Fifth Graders Toward Mexican Americans.
Howell, Maryon
Designed to test the effectiveness of reading as a factor in changing attitude, this study was based on three hypotheses: reading taught in the normal classroom could be the media through which positive attitudes toward Spanish Americans are fostered; there would be no significant difference between the scores of boys and girls and the children's attitudes; and there would be no significant difference between levels of intelligence and the children's attitudes. Of the 137 fifth-grade subjects used, 43 were used as a control group, 45 as a ten-week instruction group, and 49 as a five-week instruction group. Ten stories about Mexican Americans, all presenting positive attitudes, were used in the two instructional groups. Significant differences were indicated for the ten-week group, for three of four evaluations: the semantic differential, the social attitude scale, and the Purdue Master Attitude Scale. Only one test--the social attitude scale--indicated significance for the five-week instruction group. Neither sex nor intelligence was found to play a significant role in differentiating attitudes toward Mexican Americans. (Author/HOD)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University