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ERIC Number: ED187815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Interaction: The Importance of Race and Sex.
Campbell, Patricia B.
Much of the research on interracial student interaction has been conducted in schools during the first years of forced desegregation, the data thus often reflecting tension laden situations. Another methodological problem with these studies is that sex differences have been analyzed only by comparing interactions among girls to those among boys, rather than examining cross-sex interactions. The study described in this paper sought to rectify these shortcomings by examining interaction patterns among 457 black, white and Hispanic elementary school children. The subjects were all from an urban, lower middle class, racially mixed area whose schools had been peacefully desegregated since before the oldest children in the sample (fifth graders) started school. Based on the data collected, it appears that girls and boys have different patterns of race and sex interactions. In addition, it appears that there is far more isolation in the elementary years by sex than by race. Children interact less with different sex children and these interactions are more likely to be negative. The relatively large amount of same sex interracial interaction may indicate that conclusions from studies conducted in recently desegregated schools should not be generalized to more stable settings. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).