ERIC Number: ED106425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
Resistance of White Adults to Busing of School Children.
Weidman, John C.
The purpose of this paper is said to be to expand the scope of inquiry into the nature of factors influencing white adults' opposition to busing by reporting findings from a survey of a representative cross section of white adults in the U.S. Data for the study are from the Spring 1972 General Social Survey of the National Data Program for the Social Sciences conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. The population is the total non-institutional population of the U.S., 18 years or older. Analysis is confined to 1348 white respondents. The deptendent variable, opposition to busing, was derived from responses to Question 48. Four independent variables were used in the analysis. Sex and years of schooling completed are straightforward status variables. The third independent variable indicates simply whether or not the respondent has any school-aged children at home. The fourth independent variable, racial prejudice, was a six-item Guttman scale. Multivariate cross tabulation was used. The most striking general findings are the very high levels of opposition to busing that persist across important status and attitudinal characteristics among white adults. Only among college educated women with no school aged children, who also have low racial prejudice, does the opposition to busing begin to approach an even split. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 3, 1975)