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ERIC Number: ED465874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 11
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The Rise and Fall of Diversity Training.
Easter, Marilyn
The effectiveness of diversity training in eliminating racial stereotypes in the workplace and modifying employees' negative attitudes toward diversity was examined in a study conducted at a private nonprofit college in the San Francisco Bay area. The study sample consisted of 80 nontraditional students from 4 sections of a course titled Managing Cultural Diversity (MCD) and 40 students from 2 marketing classes. The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) was administered to all 120 students as a pretest and posttest. The MCD students received 7 weeks of intensive training on cultural diversity, interracial differences, race relations, ethnicity and attitude, psychographics, prejudice and discrimination, and white privilege. The 40 marketing students received no diversity training during the study. An analysis of the students' performance on the CCAI using descriptive statistics and repeated measure analysis of variance established that there were no significant differences between the pretest and posttest scores of the two groups. Thus, diversity training did not appear to have altered the attitudes or behaviors of students who took the MCD course. Several possible explanations for this finding were offered, including the fact that the students were already fairly sophisticated with respect to the subscales measured by the CCAI. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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