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ERIC Number: ED443321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 41
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Developing Leadership Skills for Diversity: The Role of Interracial Interaction.
Antonio, Anthony Lising
This study examined how college students' interracial/interethnic interactions affected development of leadership skills, knowledge of diverse people, and ability to get along with diverse people. Data came from the 1991 and 1992 Freshman Survey and the College Student Survey, administered by the Higher Education Research Institute. The sample included 8,877 first-time full-time students attending 115 predominantly white, four-year private institutions. Dependent variables were self-rated leadership abilities and self-rated changes in cultural knowledge and understanding. Independent variables were interracial interaction, racial exclusion (not socializing with others of a different race, feeling excluded because of race), and racial make-up of students' close friends. The paper finds that student interracial interactions contributed significantly to development of cultural awareness and also to leadership, with leadership ability apparently enhanced by socializing and studying with students of a different race or ethnicity. This is especially so for students who are least likely to have close interracial friendships. Feeling excluded due to race/ethnicity was more prevalent among students with fewer same-race friends and negatively affected students' growth in cultural knowledge and understanding. Eight data tables are included. Appended are tables listing the variables used in the regression models. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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