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ERIC Number: ED330914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Students and Educators: Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Matters.
Geller, William W.
This study surveyed college students' and faculty's feelings toward and knowledge of gays and lesbians. A 20-question survey assessing attitudes toward, opinions of, personal feelings about the knowledge of gays and lesbians was distributed to 450 entering college freshmen at the University of Maine, Farmington. Of these, the first 150 to be completed were used. In addition, surveys were completed by 36 faculty, 14 clerical staff, 31 professional staff, and 7 others, a response rate of 59 percent. The results revealed a significant difference between the response patterns of students and educators on all statements except one. Students appeared to be uncomfortable with gays and lesbians. For all but one "feeling" statement, less than 50% of the students expressed comfort with a particular situation. Only three of six "knowledge" statements had appropriate responses from students, suggesting that students lacked knowledge about gays and lesbians. Educator responses support the hypothesis that they are knowledgeable about and comfortable with gays and lesbians. Taken together, the results suggest a need for student development activity on the campus that focuses on gay and lesbian issues. There appears to be a core of students who would probably support an educational effort that could be led by sensitive and knowledgeable educators. (The 20 questions from the survey are included, as is a summary of percent of responses to the survey.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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