ERIC Number: ED408126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Education and Attitudes toward Native Americans.
Bugaj, Albert M.
A survey of 123 students enrolled in Introduction to Social Psychology at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay examined attitudes toward Native Americans. The research assessed the effects of educational programs at the secondary and postsecondary level on attitudes toward Native Americans and Native American treaty rights, and also measured the effects of positive contacts between American Indians and respondents on specific attitudes toward treaty rights. Results indicate that either high school or college coursework about Native Americans was related to greater self-reported understanding of treaty rights, knowledge of American Indian culture, and accuracy of that knowledge. Students with high school coursework also reported more direct contact with Native Americans than those without such coursework. Students with coursework about American Indians were less likely to view European culture as superior and less likely to feel that treaties should be abolished, indicating that high school or college coursework may reduce prejudicial attitudes toward Native Americans. Women reported higher quality contacts with Native Americans and were more likely to agree that a nearby Indian nation should win its treaty rights case. Neither high school nor college coursework had any influence on these variables. Only college coursework influenced feelings regarding specific treaty-rights issues: taxation of casino profits and removal of trust lands from property tax roles. A cautionary note points out that the direction of causality between coursework and attitudes and between contact and attitudes is unknown. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin