ERIC Number: ED473105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Applying Holland's Typology to the Study of Differences in Student Views about Diversity. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Umbach, Paul D.; Milem, Jeffrey F.
Using data from a survey of more than 1,900 first-year students at a large research institution, this study applied J.L. Holland's theory of personality and environment to examine the ways in which students view diversity. Holland categories, individual characteristics such as race and gender and interactions with people of color before college significantly predict students' beliefs and attitudes about issues related to diversity at the time they enter college. Descriptive findings provide additional evidence of the widespread segregation that exists within society. More than 7 in 10 white students had no substantive interactions with people of color prior to entering college. This reinforces the assertion that college may be the first, and perhaps the only, opportunity that many students have to interact with someone from a different racial or ethnic background. (Contains 9 tables and 26 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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