ERIC Number: ED451997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
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Appalachian College Students & a Multicultural Curriculum.
Asada, Hideko; Swank, Eric; Goldey, Gregory T.
A study explored the multicultural predispositions of Appalachian college students. Surveys addressing 23 variables related to demography, ideology, race perceptions, and university were returned by 437 students in 12 majors at Moorehead State University (Kentucky). Results indicate that the students of Eastern Kentucky gave tepid support to multicultural goals. Most agreed that multicultural information should be available at the university and that the college should hire more minority faculty/staff. Substantial segments favored the availability of multicultural classes, but most were reluctant to make these obligatory. Only about one-fourth said they felt personally compelled to learn more about cultural diversity. When every variable was simultaneously addressed, none of the demographic or ideological variables showed any impact. Students who held derogatory notions of minorities and insisted that racism had disappeared were those who generally rebuked a multicultural education. Of all variables, the degree of racial resentment was the best predictor variable. Factors that diminished parochial attitudes included racially heterogeneous friendships, liberal friends, multicultural professors, and multicultural classes. Educators should try to construct formal and informal settings that reinforce pro-multiculturalism sentiments, but in a fashion that does not seem imposed or obligatory. (Contains 64 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky