ERIC Number: EJ778846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 70
Consequences of Learning about Historical Racism among European American and African American Children
Hughes, Julie M.; Bigler, Rebecca S.; Levy, Sheri R.
Child Development, v78 n6 p1689-1705 Nov-Dec 2007
Knowledge about racism is a critical component of educational curricula and contemporary race relations. To examine children's responses to learning about racism, European American (Study 1; N = 48) and African American (Study 2; N = 69) elementary-aged children (ages 6-11) received history lessons that included information about racism experienced by African Americans ("racism condition"), or otherwise identical lessons that omitted this information ("control condition"). Children's racial attitudes and cognitive and affective responses to the lessons were assessed. Among European American children, racism condition participants showed less biased attitudes toward African Americans than control condition participants. Among African American children, attitudes did not vary by condition. Children in the two conditions showed several different cognitive and affective responses to the lessons.
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Children, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, History Instruction, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, White Students, Student Reaction, Outcomes of Education, Individual Differences, Racial Differences, African American Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Attitude Measures, African American History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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