ERIC Number: EJ1049729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
The Voices Project: Reducing White Students' Racism in Introduction to Psychology
Nordstrom, Alicia H.
Teaching of Psychology, v42 n1 p43-50 Jan 2015
This study examined the impact of an assignment involving intergroup contact (The Voices Project [TVP]) on student racism toward Muslims, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics in Introduction to Psychology. TVP students interviewed members from racial groups and wrote autobiographical memoirs of their lives. A faculty-writing team integrated the stories into a staged reading program and presented to the class and campus. Students completed attitude surveys during the first and last weeks of a 15-week semester as well as 1 year later. TVP class showed significant reductions in prejudice toward racial groups across the semester and improvements remained 1 year later. Compared to a control class, TVP class demonstrated significantly greater attitude changes toward Muslims, Hispanics, and acknowledgment of White privilege.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, White Students, Psychology, Racial Attitudes, Muslims, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Autobiographies, Reading Programs, Attitude Measures, Student Surveys, Attitude Change, Sensitivity Training, Social Psychology, Student Attitudes, Intergroup Relations, Cohort Analysis, Essays, Transformative Learning, College Students, Multicultural Education, Racial Bias, Social Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Asians
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