ERIC Number: ED255059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-9
Social Stereotypes, Social Distance and the University French Student.
Garrott, Carl L.
A study of the social and/or ethnic attitudes within the college French classroom had the objectives of: (1) determining possible social influences; (2) examining attitudinal reactions to bipolar adjectives describing Francophones; and (3) examining the attitudinal reactions to varying degrees of social distance. The 228 subjects were students in twelve classes, four at each of three levels of study, at a major state university. The data consisted of student scores on two attitude inventories, one measuring semantic differential on twenty pairs of bipolar adjectives and the other the Bogardus Social Distance Scale measuring the degree of actual and desired social contact with persons from twenty nations or provinces. The instruments were administered just before final examinations. The results support previous research indicating that ethnic and social attitudes may include a tendency for a person to act in a way corresponding to his or her cognitive and affective combinations, and that the "occidental-good, non-occidental-bad" distinction continues to influence American students. Generally, the results suggest that culturally conditioned perceptions of reality stubbornly persist even after language study. French teachers should adopt techniques relating real attitudes, behaviors, and experiences to Francophones, and students must learn to tolerate ambiguities and differences. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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