ERIC Number: ED450433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Sixth Graders Speak Out: Troublesome Intercultural Encounters.
Jaasma, Marjorie A.
Researchers have pointed to cultural diversity as a major source of conflict in our nation's schools, noting that these conflicts have the potential to escalate into violence. This study seeks to identify the types of intercultural encounters that young people themselves find troublesome. Participants were 906 sixth graders in 12 elementary schools in a large, ethnically diverse school district. Each student was asked to write an answer to the following: Describe the best thing that's ever happened to you with a person of another ethnic background; Describe the worst thing that's ever happened to you with a person of another ethnic background. Responses were content analyzed. The results were 8 categories for "best" responses and 11 categories for "worst" responses. This paper identifies and describes the 11 categories for "worst" responses, thus providing a view of what sixth graders find to be the most troublesome intercultural encounters. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (72nd, Coeur d'Alene, ID, February 23-27, 2001).