ERIC Number: ED106424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School Desegregation and Educational Attitudes: A Quasi-Experiment in Rural Schools.
Falk, William W.; Cosby, Arthur G.
This study seeks an answer to one broad question, "Do black children who attend racially desegregated schools, have educational aspirations and expectations which are significantly different (either higher or lower) from black children who attend racially segregated schools?" To facilitate this, the study not only examines the educational aspirations and expectations of youth, but also examines their perceptions of race and schools attended as impeding their life chances. The study used an accidental quasi-experimental design. Data were obtained from a six year panel of rural Texas black youth with interviews taken at the sophomore (1966), senior (1968) and past high school (1972) years. In 1966, all students were attending segregated schools; however, by 1968 approximately one-half were in desegregated schools. This allowed comparisons of before measures (1966); comparison of short-run effects (1968); and comparison of long-run effects (1972). While neither educational aspirations nor educational expectations were affected to a significant degree, the desegregated group was more likely to define their life chances in racial terms and also saw the schools they had attended as being more detrimental than did the segregated group. Possible interpretations of the findings are provided. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas