ERIC Number: ED408373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Intergroup Relations in Secondary Schools of Dade County Public Schools: Results of the Student Multicultural Relations Survey.
Rothfarb, Sylvia H.
In 1991, the Office of Educational Accountability of the Dade County Public Schools (Florida) in cooperation with the Office of Multicultural Programs conducted a survey of the perceptions of secondary school students about intergroup relations in the Dade County public schools. This survey was the first phase of a long-range evaluation of multicultural education programs for formative purposes. The instrument used was the Student Multicultural Relations Survey developed for the study. The survey was piloted in 1990, with 294 students and then administered to 2,030 middle school and high school students in 1991. A subsample of 264 students completed the open-ended questions, and an additional subsample of 71 students was retested as a measure of survey reliability. Factor analysis identified three common factors: (1) perceptions of personal interaction and openness toward other cultures; (2) perceptions of administrators' and teachers' fairness and respect toward students of different cultures; and (3) perceptions of social interaction, respect, and tension among students of different cultures. Overall, the majority of students appeared to have fairly positive perceptions regarding their personal interactions with students of other cultures and the fairness of teachers and administrators. However, less than half the sample thought that students showed respect for cultural differences. Middle school students generally had more positive attitudes than high school students. Most students reported that they had contact with students from other cultures. Six appendixes discuss the theoretical framework of the student, technical aspects, and responses to the open-ended questions. (Contains 4 graphs, 16 tables, and 17 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Factor Analysis, Formative Evaluation, High School Students, Interaction, Intergroup Relations, Junior High School Students, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.