ERIC Number: ED123215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Racial Integration Through Movement Oriented Programs.
Cheffers, John T.F.; And Others
This study evaluated the city of Boston's Magnet Movement Athletics Program, which brought together inner city children with suburban children in a movement oriented program designed to facilitate racial harmony and the growth of positive interracial attitudes. Four hundred seventh and eighth grade black, white, and oriental children underwent a divergent activity program at two neutral sites. The program began with proven sources of integration potential (i.e., basketball, soccer, etc.) at a university setting, and ended with more risky association at a residential field experience (camp). The attitudes, self-concepts, behaviors, and interaction patterns of the children were measured. Results indicated that attitudes were more positive, that mean scores in self-concept improved, and that interaction pattern measures distinguished between activities in favor of team sports. Expressed opinions of subjects and teachers rated the residential field experience highly successful. It appears that movement oriented programs offer a safe and successful medium through which racial integration can occur. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Equal Educational Opportunities.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)