ERIC Number: ED457740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Students' Pre-College Preparation for a Diverse Democracy. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
Hurtado, Sylvia; Engberg, Mark; Landreman, Lisa; Ponjuan, Luis
This study focused on how students' precollege experiences predisposed them to three democratic outcomes: (1) ability to see the world from someone else's point of view; (2) beliefs about whether conflict enhances democracy; and (3) views about the importance of engaging in social action activities. Data from three flagship universities were analyzed as part of a nationally funded research project, Preparing Students for a Diverse Democracy. Responses from 7,980 entering students indicated that females were more likely than males to report values and beliefs consistent with democratic outcomes. Participation in race/ethnic discussions, student clubs, and volunteer work, as well as studying with students of different groups, and discussing controversial issues were significant predictors in all three models. Results also indicate that students might be unprepared to negotiate conflict in a diverse democracy. The study provides measures of democratic outcomes that can be used to assess the impact of diversity and service learning initiatives. (Contains 6 tables and 34 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (41st, Long Beach, CA, June 3-6, 2001). This work is supported under the National Institute for Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment program.