ERIC Number: EJ1164718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Intercultural Sensitivity in Early Adolescence: A Mixed Methods Study
Mellizo, Jennifer M.
Intercultural Education, v28 n6 p571-590 2017
The purpose of this mixed methods study was to explore levels of intercultural sensitivity in a sample of fourth to eighth grade students in the United States (n = 162). "Intercultural sensitivity" was conceptualised through Bennett's Developmental Model of Sensitivity, and assessed through the Adapted Intercultural Sensitivity Index. Follow-up interviews provided additional information regarding the views and understandings of individual student participants. Quantitative data analysis indicated many early adolescents in this sample were accepting of cultural difference. However, subsequent qualitative data analysis suggested this "acceptance" was largely hypothetical, due to the participants' perceived isolation from diversity. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Multicultural Education, Sensitivity Training, Mixed Methods Research, Early Adolescents, Followup Studies, Cultural Differences, Grade 8, Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 5, Grade 4, Interpersonal Competence, Likert Scales, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Social Attitudes, Cultural Literacy, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Semi Structured Interviews, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8
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