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ERIC Number: EJ1155235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
The Effects of Viewpoint Diversity and Racial Diversity on Need for Cognition
Goodman, Kathleen M.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n6 p853-871 Sep 2017
Need for cognition is the enjoyment of and motivation to think, solve problems, and actively use one's mind, characteristics that are vital to learning. Diversity has been associated with many learning outcomes, yet critics of diversity claim that viewpoint diversity--not racial diversity--is sufficient for learning; therefore, I explored the effects of viewpoint diversity and racial diversity experiences on students' need for cognition in the first year of college. The findings counter the diversity critics' claims, as well as suggest that different diversity experiences affect need for cognition depending on one's race.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Need for Cognition Scale
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