ERIC Number: EJ922197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
A Tale of Two Groups: Differences between Minority Students and Non-Minority Students in Their Predispositions to and Engagement with Diverse Peers at a Predominantly White Institution
Hall, Wendell D.; Cabrera, Alberto F.; Milem, Jeffrey F.
Research in Higher Education, v52 n4 p420-439 Jun 2011
Using a revised version of the Transition to College Model (Locks et al. 2008, Rev High Educ 31(3), 257-285), this study examined the extent to which minority students and non-minority students differ in their predispositions to engage in campus-based diversity activities as well as in their engagement with ethnically diverse college peers at a predominantly White college. Findings indicate that engagement with diverse peers is a learned behavior; one that was shaped long before a student stepped into college. The importance of past interactions with diverse peers extends "beyond" freshman year predispositions to engage; students who interacted with diverse students prior to college were also more prone to report engagement with diverse peers at the end of their sophomore year. Notably, freshmen minority students were more predisposed to engage diverse peers next to their White peers; these ethnic-based differences, however, dissipated by the end of the sophomore year of college.
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, White Students, College Students, Differences, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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