ERIC Number: ED165521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Attitudes and Behavior Associated With the November, 1969 Moratorium on the Vietnam War. Research Report #2-70.
Schmidt, Du Mont K.; Sedlacek, William E.
Student activities relating to the "Vietnam Moratorium" during the month of November, 1969, at the University of Maryland were assessed using observer ratings and descriptions and a pre-post questionnaire. The observational procedure included: an adaptation of Bales Interaction Process Analysis; estimates of crowd size, participation, and mood; and a behavioral description. Ten different settings or events were observed. The questionnaire included items related to opinions and attitudes toward the moratorium, the Vietnam war, and the Nixon administration, and extent and type of participation. One hundred sixty-six subjects took both pre- and post-test questionnaires. The results show clear differences among settings: those settings or events that were focused specifically on protest of a given issue showed a greater degree of expressed hostility and tension-reducing interaction, as opposed to information-oriented interaction. The results of the pre-post questionnaire indicate a general reduction in extent of participation by students in moratorium-related activities from October to November. It was found that after the moratorium subjects tended to be more extreme toward either pole in their attitude. Theoretical implications of the results are briefly discussed and statistical data are appended. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Activism, College Environment, College Students, Demonstrations (Civil), Field Studies, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Interaction Process Analysis, Observation, Political Issues, Questionnaires, Research Projects, School Boycotts, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Participation
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.