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ERIC Number: EJ826911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Student Interracial Interactions and Perceptions of School as a Community
Hallinan, Maureen T.; Kubitschek, Warren N.; Liu, Ge
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v12 n1 p5-19 Mar 2009
Communally organized, as opposed to bureaucratically organized, schools are expected to provide significant advantages to students in terms of their cognitive and social growth. However, for students to avail themselves of these benefits, they need to experience school as a community. One factor that may influence whether students view their school as a functional community is the kind of teacher-student and peer interactions they observe or personally experience. This study examines the effects of positive and negative interracial interactions on whether students sense that their school is a community. Analysis of a large sample of elementary and secondary schools in a major urban school district show that positive interracial interactions contribute to students' sense of school community while negative actions inhibit that sense.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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