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ERIC Number: ED313979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 13
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Assessing Student Attitudes towards Cultural Diversity. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Wergin, Jon F.
The findings of a survey on freshmen attitudes in four areas: interest in cultural diversity, racism, ethnocentrism, and cross-cultural beliefs and values, are presented. The 81-item survey was given to 234 students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Results indicated: most freshmen express an interest in learning more about other cultures, and a clear majority assert their willingness to live with a foreign classmate, spend vacations abroad with people of other cultures, and take at least some of their college courses in a foreign country; most freshmen feel Americans do not receive enough information about other world cultures and disagreed with the idea that it is important to teach American values to people in other countries; most freshmen agree in abstract that learning about diverse cultures is an important part of a college education and value cultural diversity in the institution; and most freshmen disagree with the notion that blacks need to conform to American cultural standards and that blacks need to learn to behave the way whites do. The findings indicate that freshmen may be more comfortable dealing with issues of diversity in the abstract that in the concrete, and discussions of attitudes and beliefs are likely to arouse defensiveness. Contains 6 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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