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ERIC Number: ED399599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Dimensions of Diversity: Ideology and Group Membership as Predictors of Diversity Implications.
Hon, Linda Childers; And Others
A survey was conducted to examine whether an underlying structure existed among items related to the practice of diversity, particularly practices related to diversity as an institutional process versus diversity as an assured outcome. The survey also examined whether a structure existed among items related to attitudes and beliefs about the outcomes of diversity, and sought to discover the utility of treating the practice measures as predictors of the outcomes measures. Respondents were 6 female and 4 male faculty members (8 were Caucasian and 2 were African-American) from a large southeastern college of journalism and communications with 59 full-time faculty (68% male/32% female with 12% racial minorities). Findings suggest a single dimension underlying responses to the policy items, and five dimensions underlying responses to the diversity outcome measures. Analysis of the five outcome measures showed ideology as a significant predictor of subjects' beliefs about diversity implications while group membership was not. It was concluded that ideology may be a strong yet relatively unexplored variable in understanding faculty's attitudes about the effects of diversity policies. What was uncovered in this research was a clear dichotomy in ideology and at least two different views of the world. Further research is needed to explore the multidimensional issues uncovered in this research. (Contains 5 tables of data and 38 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A