ERIC Number: ED118692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Racial Attitudes and the Pedagogy of Human Relations in an Urban Setting.
Abrahamson, John T.
Evaluation research of the human relations component of a larger project that attempts to bridge the black-white cultural gap in the Louisville school system is the basis of this paper. The overall purpose of this major component is to enhance positive attitudes toward intercultural, racial, and ethnic relations and understandings through curriculum content and by humanistic teaching methods and not necessarily by direct teaching about attitudes and understandings themselves. The project includes the experimental treatment of an elective social science course in urban sociology at two high schools--a 100 percent black inner city school, and a 99 percent white upper middle class suburban school Control groups for the quasi-experimental design are regular social science courses at the two schools. Instruments administered include a personality inventory, a self-concept scale, and a racial and ethnic attitude questionnaire. It is concluded that a general approach, while potentially effective in changing attitudes will do so in unpredictable ways, and that even positive changes in attitudes and understandings must be differentiated from liking or accepting perceived race characteristics. It is suggested that attitudes be looked at one at a time, examined situationally, and then followed-up on an item-by-item basis. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Influences, Group Dynamics, Human Relations, Human Relations Programs, Humanistic Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Racial Attitudes, Racial Characteristics, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Slums, Social Attitudes, Suburban Schools, Urban Education, Urban Environment, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville)