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ERIC Number: ED462951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 12
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Building Positive Attitudes among Geographically-Diverse Students: The Project ISH57 Experience.
Sundberg, Paul A.
This paper is a study of computer-mediated intergroup contact within Project I-57, a larger educational technology project conducted during the 1998-99 school year. Participating institutions were five middle and high schools in three distinctive geographic/cultural regions along north-south Illinois highway I-57: the Chicago area, the central farm belt, and southern Illinois. The students varied not only geographically, but also socially by community size, ethnic make-up, and age. The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) served as one partner institution. The project's goals were to foster multiple skills (reading, math, etc.) via authentic student research on their communities and to "make [their] students' worlds bigger" through sharing about themselves and their (cultural) communities with classes in other regions to create an appreciation of the state's diversity. The goals of this present study were to evaluate expected changes in students' understanding of the other two regions and populations in the twofold sense of knowledge of and attitudes towards the "outgroup"--more positive ones, it was hoped--due to the virtual contact and greater knowledge facilitated by the project. (MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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