ERIC Number: ED462469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
The Impact of Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Educational Outcomes: Cambridge, MA School District.
Harvard Civil Rights Project, Cambridge, MA.
This study examined the experiences of twelfth graders at a racially and ethnically diverse Massachusetts high school, surveying high school seniors regarding their experiences with and attitudes toward diversity. The surveys asked about how students experienced diversity in the curriculum, in classroom discussions, and in working with peers from different backgrounds. Students reported that racial issues were explored fairly frequently during classroom discussions in social studies and history classes. While most white students reported experiencing frequent discussions about race in class, only 70 percent of African American students reported similar levels of discussions about race. About 40 percent of students across all racial/ethnic groups reported that exposure in the curriculum to different cultures and experiences of different racial and ethnic groups helped them understand points of view different from their own. Most students were comfortable working with students from other groups. Students felt well-prepared for living and working in diverse communities as adults. They reported positive support and encouragement from teachers in general and regarding their higher education aspirations. However, racial equality had not been fully achieved, and certain kinds of unequal treatment were still evident within the school. (Contains 21 tables and figures.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Citizenship, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Differences, Curriculum, Democracy, Diversity (Student), Grade 12, High School Seniors, High Schools, Minority Group Children, Multicultural Education, Public Schools, Racial Discrimination, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Civil Rights Project, Cambridge, MA.