ERIC Number: ED120327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-12
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Pontiac Secondary School Students: The Second Year of Desegregated Education.
Pontiac City School District, MI.
Pontiac schools were desegregated prior to the 1971-72 school year. Annual attitude surveys have been conducted to assess the impact of desegregation on parents, students, and staff. This report presents data on the attitudes and opinions of secondary school students concerning desegregation, school structure and climate, and interpersonal relationships with peers, adult personnel and peers of other races. The report also compares its results with those obtained on selected similar items in the 1971-72 secondary school survey, and also samples student opinions on some general social and educational issues. Where possible these results are compared with national or other district student samples such as the Coleman Report and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Report. Findings are presented according to the following areas: education attitudes, civil rights attitudes, perceptions of self determination, some general social questions, school related attitudes and issues, attitudes toward integrated education, and approval or disapproval of the busing plan. Generally, students attitudes toward education are very similar. Although all students reject the notion that skin color and intelligence are related there are wide ethnic differences in students' acceptance of basic civil rights tenets. Pontiac students are less likely to think of education as a means of a happier life, but view it in a utilitarian fashion. They also advocate a strong role for the government in direct assistance to those in trouble. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Bus Transportation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Attitudes, Ethnic Groups, Individual Power, Minority Groups, Political Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, School Attitudes, School Desegregation, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pontiac City School District, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan