ERIC Number: ED346522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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The Partners Program: The Effects of a Cultural Sensitivity Experience on Attitudes toward Others.
Bideshi, Davison; Wiseman, Richard L.
A study investigated the relationship between a cultural sensitivity experience (the Partners Program, in which American students and foreign students meet on a weekly basis through a 15-week semester) and participants' attitudes toward members of other cultures. The 383 subjects (students from a western university) were assigned to one of three conditions: (1) those participating in the program in group settings; (2) those participating in the program in dyadic settings; and (3) those in a control group. Two variables were operationalized through a factor analysis of attitudinal items focusing on members of other cultures: cultural pluralism, and responsibility toward people from other cultures. Data analysis revealed that participation in the cultural sensitivity experience produced significant changes for both dependent variables. Also, the impact of the two experiential settings (group versus dyadic) was not significantly different, although there was a tendency for group interaction to increase overall satisfaction and willingness to continue participation in the program. (Two tables of data are included and 18 references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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