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ERIC Number: ED169168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Some Unintended Consequences of Desegregation: Adult Naivety About Kids' Social Worlds.
Hanna, Judith Lynne
Anthropologists studying children in their own society may tend to assume that children and adults speak the same language and have shared knowledge; children's values reflect what they learn at home, their school experience is much like the anthropologist's school experience, and school is primarily a place where knowledge is passed from teacher to student; desegregation is working if there is no reported incidents of violence, multicultural training is provided, and desegregation is begun with young children; and schools can solve social problems. A year long study of children's social relations and communication in a desegregated urban "magnet school" challenges these four assumptions. Data indicate that children's play, body language and trust in adults influence schooling; the contingencies of a new era of youth and black assertiveness must be recognized; and successful desegregation requires more than a public record of nonviolence, multicultural education training, and interracial mixing in the early grades. Anthropologists must understand that children's perceptions and experiences of what it is like to be a student may present a reality that mocks adult ideals and the policies meant to realize them. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the symposium on Anthropology As American Culture, Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (March, 1979); Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document