ERIC Number: ED400083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Children's Understanding and Attitudes about People from Other Countries.
This study compared the impact of an international educational program with that of a multicultural educational kindergarten program. A convenience sample of 13 children participated in a university-based full day international education kindergarten program. Sixteen children from a medium-size seacoast center participated in a multicultural educational kindergarten program. The project-developed picture-based Inventory of Cultural Information and Attitudes was used to measure culturally accurate information, culturally sensitive information, overgeneralized information, culturally insensitive information, and ethnocentric responses. Parents completed a questionnaire regarding cultural influences present in the child's environment, the extent of the child's travel, and if there were international influences in the child's heritage. Results indicated that there was no significant difference on overall culturally accurate information by site or by sex. However, children gave more culturally accurate information for cultures they had studied. Children in the international program used phrases that were more culturally sensitive than children in the multicultural program. All the children overgeneralized information, with international program children overgeneralizing slightly more often. Very few culturally insensitive remarks were made by either group. Boys were more likely to respond in ethnocentric ways than girls. Parent questionnaire scores correlated with children's overall culturally accurate score and their sensitivity score. (Contains 46 references.) (KDFB)
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