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ERIC Number: ED539673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-6796-5
Assessment of Student Homonegativity and the Effect on Campus Climate
Pleus, Renee Cato
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
Researchers have well documented how campus climate has affected students. The campus climate has affected a student's ability to persist through college and ultimately has impacted his or her entire life. Many campus climate studies have been conducted at universities, and most of these studies have focused on racial climate implications. The purpose of this study was to explore attitudes toward gays and lesbians expressed by community college students, and to determine the impact that these attitudes had on students' perceptions of the campus climate. A two-phase, sequential mixed-methods case study format was used to investigate the experiences of college students at a Florida community college. Quantitative investigation, applying the Modern Homonegativity Scale, was used to determine the level of homonegativity, also known as attitudes toward gays and lesbians, as expressed by community college students. Qualitative investigation was used to determine how community college students perceived their campus climate and how the level of homonegativity could have impacted campus climate. The four research questions included: 1. Do differences in attitudes exist toward gays and lesbians between male and female community college students? 2. Do community college students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds have different attitudes toward gays and lesbians? 3. Do community college students of different age groups have different attitudes toward gays and lesbians? 4. What effects do these attitudes toward gays and lesbians have on the overall perception of campus climate on a community college campus, as perceived by the students? This study indicated that students at a Florida community college had slightly above neutral attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women. The study results also found that the slightly above neutral attitudes were reflected in the students' perceptions of campus climate. (Full text of this dissertation may be available via the University of Florida Libraries web site. Please check [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida