ERIC Number: ED198066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Individual and Ethnic Identity: An Evaluation Report.
Brownstein, Henry H.; And Others
An evaluation of a student sourcebook which contains quotations of 51 individuals from varying ethnic backgrounds and with varying degrees of ethnicity is reported. The primary objective of the source book is to illustrate that people who identify with ethnic groups are individuals and not merely members of the group. Separate sections of the sourcebook focus on the processes of immigration and assimilation, individual ethnic identity, and ethnic group relations as they affect the individual. The book was introduced in seven classes in urban, and suburban/rural school districts and in a junior college. A limitation of the evaluation of this project was a result of time constraint. The one-year term of the project called for developing and evaluating materials; hence, teachers of experimental classes had to adjust the new material to their already existing class schedules. Both student and teacher evaluations were conducted. Generally, participating teachers reported that the individualistic approach of the sourcebook stimulated student thought and class discussion. Discussions of immigration and assimilation tended to excite students less than discussions of ethnic identity, prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes. Students were evaluated according to pre- and posttest attitude scales. Results indicate that the use of the sourcebook can favorably change student attitudes, particularly at the middle school level. However, the findings are tentative because controls could not be maintained throughout the experiment. Appendices include the attitude scale and the questionnaire used to interview participants. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Ethnic Heritage Studies Branch.
Authoring Institution: Junior Coll. of Albany, NY.