ERIC Number: ED205452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Ethnic Awareness Through Curriculum Revision.
Giordano, Michael Joseph
This study compared the attitudes towards ethnic groups of high school students enrolled in a standard U.S. history course with the attitudes of students enrolled in a revised U.S. history course which emphasized ethnic awareness. A review of the literature indicated a need for ethnic awareness. The experimental group consisted of 16 students; the control group had 24 students. Students in both groups were from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds. The films, filmstrips, and books used in the revised, experimental course are described. A pretest and posttest on ethnic attitudes were administered to both groups. Results indicate that a revised curriculum can improve students' attitudes. The author points out some limitations to the research. These include the following: the short period of time (eight weeks) to cover the immense amount of material; students from the control group knew the researcher; students from the experimental group knew they were subjects of an experiment; the students in the control group were all bright, whereas those in the experimental group experienced some difficulty in reading comprehension, basic concepts, and writing skills. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.