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ERIC Number: ED456091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 47
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A Study of Third Graders' Attitudes toward People from Other Countries.
Roberts, Laura Anne
United States society is becoming increasingly diverse in the 21st century. Even in rural areas, the population is becoming less Caucasian and African American, and more Hispanic and Asian. U.S. citizens also have much more contact with people from other countries through industry and trade. Considering these factors and the U.S. ideal of accepting persons of all races and national backgrounds, today's children and youth should learn to respect people from other countries. A study was conducted to determine whether children who had exposure to internationals in the classroom had better attitudes toward people from other countries than children who had little or no exposure to internationals in the classroom at a 0.05 level of significance. The study was conducted over a 21-week period in two third grade classes in a primarily Caucasian rural/suburban school in east Tennessee. One class served as the test group and the other class as the control group. Nine international college students from six different countries visited the test group. Each guest taught the class about his home country for 15 to 20 minutes and answered questions about his country. No international guests came to the control group, and none were recent immigrants. A teacher-made attitudinal survey consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions was read aloud to the students. Each question had four possible answers. The researcher rated the responses based on how positive they were toward internationals and tallied the scores for each survey, comparing the results of the two classes using a t-test. No significant difference was found between the two groups, when measured at a 0.05 level of significance. (Contains a 40-item bibliography. Appended are parent forms, the survey, and the survey score form.) (BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee