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ERIC Number: ED169086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Evaluating Attitudinal Change in a Multicultural Setting.
Alexander, Livingston; Brown, Ric
Doll play activities were used to measure attitude change in 270 black, Mexican American, and white students who participated in a multicultural awareness project. The children, aged second through sixth grade, visited People Place Multicultural Center, where they experienced six different settings simulating the cultures of Africa, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and the United States. A control group of 90 children participated in neutral activities. Attitude change was measured by pre- and post testing with three six-inch dolls representing a black, a Mexican American, and a white child. The child was directed to choose one doll representing himself or herself, and to place the other two dolls somewhere in the same area. Proximity of the other dolls to the one representing the student was the dependent variable. Positive attitude change was indicated when the proximity of the dolls increased from pretest to post test. Data were analyzed by analysis of variance of three factors: grade level; ethnic or racial group; and exposure to People Place. Results indicated that the People Place experience led to a favorable attitude change toward children of other cultures, at least on a short-term basis. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)