ERIC Number: EJ1047797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Dynamic Relationships: Identifying Moderators That Maximize Benefits Associated with Diversity
Denson, Nida; Chang, Mitchell J.
Journal of Higher Education, v86 n1 p1-37 Jan-Feb 2015
This study examined factors that can moderate the relationship between cross-racial interaction and undergraduate students' development. While previous studies have shown that students benefit from interacting across racial differences, they have not examined whether those educational benefits are moderated by other factors. The moderators examined in this study included measures of the quality of cross-racial interactions, students' support of race-conscious admissions, and students' satisfaction with their college's respect for diverse beliefs. The results show that the benefits associated with those interactions on students' academic self-concept and social agency depend on the quality of their interactions and their perceptions of their campus climate. The findings suggest that while efforts to enhance access are vital, those initiatives should not be conflated with efforts to improve an institution's capacity to address the quality of the context in which students engage with diversity.
Descriptors: Correlation, Student Diversity, Racial Relations, Undergraduate Students, Student Development, Educational Benefits, Racial Differences, Interaction, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Academic Ability, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Multiple Regression Analysis, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California