ERIC Number: ED210200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Intercultural Relations in a School: A Pretheoretical Study. Final Report.
Stanwyck, Douglas J.; Stulac, Julie T.
It is hypothesized that a "cultural communication" theory is more useful and veridical for explaining ethnically related educational and social inequity than are either "ascriptive" or "deficit" theories. The study site was a successfully desegregated, urban elementary school. A fifth-grade classroom was selected for the intensive observations of the project. Methods utilized include observation of the classroom and the school principal and extended interviews with the principal and classroom teacher. Interactions of students were videotaped and analyzed. A sociometric assessment was also made of the students. Results do show that an important source of educational inequity is found in the confusion resulting from cultural code differences in interethnic encounters. The results of the sociometric analyses suggest the operation of ethnic identity in primary and secondary friendship affiliations among pupils. Extensive videotape analyses of interethnic communication events among students, however, failed to expose the expected differential ethnic patterns. The study concludes with a listing of references. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.