ERIC Number: EJ850826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Taking Race into Account: Charting Student Attitudes towards Affirmative Action
Park, Julie J.
Research in Higher Education, v50 n7 p670-690 Nov 2009
This paper examines student attitudes towards affirmative action over 4 years of college. Asian American and Latino/a students were more likely than White students to disagree strongly or somewhat with abolishing affirmative action after 4 years of college. A student's attitude towards the policy as a first-year student, peer group influence, and political orientation were significant predictors of student attitudes of affirmative action during the fourth year of college. The findings suggest that while college plays some role in shaping affirmative action attitudes, its influence is somewhat limited in comparison to the background traits and attitudes that students bring to college.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Political Attitudes, Peer Groups, Affirmative Action, Asian American Students, White Students, Higher Education, Racial Relations, Hispanic American Students, Political Affiliation, College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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