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ERIC Number: ED430492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 38
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Space To Grow: Creating an Ecology Model of Bi- and Multiracial Identity Development in College Students.
Renn, Kristen A.
This study examined how campus peer culture influences the ways in which multiracial students make meaning of their racial identity, and applies Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological model of cognitive development to analyze elements in the college environment that stimulate or inhibit identity development. Discussion of the situation of multiracial students in the context of student development and identity development theory is followed by explanation of the model used in this study, which involves microsystems, mesosystems, exosystems, and macrosystems. The study focused on perceptions of 24 students at three undergraduate-focused institutions and had four main components: individual interviews with participants; written responses by participants; a focus group of three or four students per campus; and analysis of and archival data about each campus concerning multiracial issues. Data were organized according to Bronfenbrenner's ecology model. A major theme that emerged was the meaning and importance that students attached to finding a space to fit in on campus. Results are interpreted in terms of the kinds of spaces, or microsystems, students occupied on campus and how these microsystems interacted to create the mesosystem of peer culture and the ecology of multiracial identity development. (Contains 39 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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