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ERIC Number: EJ926420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Children's Perceptions of Interethnic and Interracial Friendships in a Multiethnic School Context
Pica-Smith, Cinzia
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v25 n2 p119-132 2011
Some literature exists on children's real-life interracial and interethnic friendships. However, a scarcity of research exists on children's perceptions of these relationships. This cross-sectional study investigated children's perceptions of interracial friendships by employing the Perceptions of Intergroup Friendships Questionnaire. A total of 108 children attending an ethnically and racially diverse, urban elementary school in a midsize northeastern city were interviewed employing the questionnaire. Results indicate that Kindergarten/1st- and 4th/5th-graders differ significantly in their perceptions of intergroup friendships. In addition, African American children demonstrated more positive perceptions of intergroup friendships than did European American children. (Contains 2 footnotes, 5 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 4; Grade 5; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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