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ERIC Number: ED411688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-11
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Descriptors of Hispanics by African American University Students of Spanish.
Garrott, Carl L.
A study conducted in a predominantly black university investigated the ways in which African American students of Spanish described Hispanics, and changes in these perceptions across Spanish language instructional levels. Subjects were 26 students in Spanish 101, 25 in Spanish 102, and 26 in Spanish 201. Measures used were a semantic differential technique (Osgood, Suci, Tannenbaum, 1957) for ethnic descriptions and a Bogardus Social Distance Scale (Bogardus, 1925). Results indicate that Spanish 101 students characterized Hispanics as poor, impulsive, excitable, good, sociable, dishonest, proud, aggressive, and clean. Spanish 102 students saw them as good, excitable, graceful, happy, kind, proud, generous, sociable, strong, and humorous. Spanish 201 students perceived Hispanics as good, strong, sociable, poor, excitable, clean, proud, and graceful. Early learners appear to deduce the concept "Hispanic" from stereotypes; later learners armed with knowledge and experience attribute fewer stereotypical characteristics. Semantic differential results suggest that increased language study and/or cultural exposure does not increase positive concepts of Hispanics. Possible explanations for these apparently contradictory results are offered, and areas for further research are outlined. Data tabulations are appended. Contains 31 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Hampton Univ., VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A