ERIC Number: ED422225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Intercultural Sensitivity and the Early Adolescent.
Pederson, Patricia V.
This study describes the range of intercultural sensitivity in a small sample of seventh-grade students. The study examines the range of intercultural sensitivity and salient factors associated with it. Specifically the study seeks to clarify the understanding of the relationships that may exist among empathy, authoritarianism, gender, intercultural contact, second language acquisition, and early adolescents' intercultural sensitivity (ICS) levels. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection was used. A written survey questionnaire, a standardized open-ended interview format, and informal interviews were used to gather data from the 145 participants. From the data, it was found that intercultural friendships, gender orientation, and locale appeared as salient predictors of ICS level. A statistically significant positive association existed between empathy and ICS with a statistically significant negative relationship noted between ICS and authoritarianism. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (77th, Cincinnati, OH, November 20-23, 1997).