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ERIC Number: ED478783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 117
Abstractor: N/A
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White Racial Identity Development at a Two-Year Institute.
Ellis, Pilar Helene
This study explored white students' level of racial/ethnic identity development and whether pre-college characteristics and patterns of participation in curricular and co-curricular activities influenced identity development. This research focused on white students who attended a predominately Hispanic community college. Racial/ethnic identity development theory served as a framework for understanding student development. One hundred fifty students returned a mail survey that included Phinney's Multi-group Ethnic Identity Measure and demographic questionnaire. Quantitative and qualitative findings revealed that a majority had not explored their racial/ethnic identity. Participants' age, gender, socioeconomic status, high school racial composition, or participation in curricular or co-curricular activities influenced development. Implications of the research are also discussed. The author concludes that students in this study showed low awareness and concern for racial/ethnic differences and were ignorant of the implications of their whiteness. Therefore, the ability to reach its mission to prepare students to become informed citizens and leaders is questionable. Recommendations for the host institution included examining faculty and administrative cultures, assessing campus climate, and creating avenues to promote racial/ethnic identity development. Recommendations for student affairs and suggestions for further research are provided. Appended are copies of the cover letter, consent forms and questionnaire. (Contains 73 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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