ERIC Number: ED176223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Effects of Reading Literature on the Racial Attitudes of Elementary School Children.
Robertson, Ina H.
A study was designed to measure changes in attitudes of 407 elementary school pupils through the use of a variety of instructional materials in the social studies. This research hypothesized that by exposing the pupils to a social studies curriculum enriched with reading materials and special activities that portrayed specific foreign countries or cultures in a favorable manner, the pupils' attitudes toward those countries or cultures would become more positive. The groups and countries studied included Puerto Rico, Norway, North American Indians, Hawaiians, Thailand, Central America, Mexico, Canada, South America, and West Indies. A black studies program was provided for all grades. Special programs, workshops and exhibits for the pupils, parents, and teachers were held during the study. Pretests and posttests using a modification of the Bogardus Social Distance Scale were administered to all pupils to determine changes in attitudes that could be attributed to the program. Test results indicated there were positive attitudinal changes in the pupils toward all countries and cultures considered during the program and there were statistically significant positive changes in racial attitudes toward a majority of the countries and cultures studied. (MKM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A.Ed. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign