ERIC Number: ED428013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-12
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Outsiders on the Inside: The Cultural Acceptance of Minorities in a Mostly White Classroom. A Qualitative Study.
Page, Michael S.
To investigate the interactional behaviors of minorities when placed in a mostly white educational setting, this study focused on examining the meaning held by particular students in regard to acceptance, inclusion, and invitation into a larger group, in this case, the seventh grade at a university laboratory school in Louisiana. Of the 28 students, five were judged to be minorities. Participant observations, unstructured interviews, member checks, key informants, survey responses, and photography were employed to gather the needed data. Analysis of the data indicated that the minority students appeared to maintain a certain "distance" from their white peers, with a few exceptions. This is not to say that the minority students "initiated" this process, or that they "prefer this distance." There are several indications that the minorities themselves have attempted to integrate with their white classmates. There was no tendency on the part of the white students to invite a minority student into a white social setting, nor was there an instance of "blooming friendships" between students of separate races. Follow-up research needs to examine consider cross-grade factors and the teacher's role in race-related inclusion. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana