ERIC Number: ED406903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
College Students' Perceptions on Interactions across Difference.
Boyle-Heimann, Kristen P.
This study examined college students' perceptions on interactions across racial and cultural differences at a major research university in the United States. Approximately 30 freshman students from various groups volunteered to participate in a year-long program intended to encourage students to become cross-cultural mentors and allies for each other. Participants completed a questionnaire and an in-depth interview during the program. Participant-observation audio recordings and a focus group session with three participants were also conducted. Extensive excerpts from the focus group discussions indicated that all three students demonstrated their cognizance of the role identity plays in interpersonal interactions. Their own descriptions of how they were both blind to and conscious of identity in their interactions illustrated the notion that these students may not have a singular perception of identity in all of their interactions. Although these students did not deny the existence of racism or even deny their own personal prejudices, neither did they acknowledge the ways in which issues of power might impact their interactions across difference. Appendixes provide copies of the student questionnaires, interview questions, and focus group questions. (Contains 22 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).