ERIC Number: ED152364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Ethnic Studies on the Attitudes and Concepts of Community-College Students.
Williams, Ella O.
This study focuses on the possible relationship between an ethnic studies instruction course based on affective and cognitive knowledge structures and ethnic attitudes of community college students enrolled in the course. Three hypotheses, in null form, were tested: (1) there is no significant difference in the racial attitudes and concepts of students about to take an ethnic studies course and students not about to take the course, (2) there is no significant difference in attitudes and concepts between post-participants and non-participants, and (3) there is no significant difference in students before and after participating in the course, as measured via a validated test instrument. The questionnaire measured attitudes toward Japanese, Mexican Americans, Indians and blacks. Study subjects were 350 students randomly selected from those enrolled in social studies and special ethnic instructional courses at a Washington community college during 1976. Three experimental and two control groups were pre- and post-tested. No significant differences were found in students' racial attitudes either before or after course participation or between course participants and non-participants. The course did not influence participant views either positively or negatively. A selected bibliography is included. (TR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University