ERIC Number: ED377270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Developing Conceptions of Racism among Young White Adults in the Context of Cultural Diversity Coursework.
Bidell, Thomas R.; And Others
An exploratory study was conducted to evaluate a model that predicts a five-step developmental sequence from dualistic to systematic conceptions of racism among young white adults. The model predicts developmental changes for white middle-class young adults within the context of a college cultural-diversity course. The following steps in understanding are predicted: (1) individual prejudice; (2) individual prejudice conflicted; (3) recognition of a multiplicity of inequalities; (4) coordination of a partial system of inequality; and (5) understanding of social and systemic racism. Subjects were 55 white college students (45 female and 10 male) in a cultural-diversity course required of education majors. The majority did respond at step 1 at the beginning of the course and saw racism as simply a matter of individual prejudice. None of the students reached a step-5 conceptualization, but the average student did gain one step, and more than a quarter made two- or three-step gains. The data support a cognitive dimension to the problem of coming to grips with racism. Two tables and one figure present study findings. (Contains 48 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Adult Development (Amherst, MA, June 1993) and at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).