Proposal Title

Reducing prejudice towards marginalized groups: Replication and extension

Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

This session will present the results of a 3-year investigation to replicate and extend prior research exploring the efficacy of a class activity using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale [BSDS] in reducing prejudice and discrimination. Students in six sections of an introductory family science course were assigned to one of three conditions and one of two target marginalized groups for a 3x2 design. Preliminary results suggest significantly different results from those reported in prior investigations. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of the classroom exercise and will learn how to adapt the exercise to different target groups.

Proposal Description

This session will present the results of a 3-year investigation to replicate and extend prior research exploring the efficacy of a class activity using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale [BSDS] in reducing prejudice and discrimination. Specifically, it will investigate an alternative explanation for prior findings and ask the question, “Which of three methods for teaching about prejudice and discrimination is the most effective in reducing student prejudice and discrimination towards each of two marginalized groups?”

Students in six sections of an introductory family science course were assigned to one of three conditions and one of two target marginalized groups for a 3x2 design. The three conditions were: a) control, where students received only lecture material about the topic, b) display, where students received lecture material about the topic and were shown a histogram of their peers’ responses on the BSDS to the target group, and c) activity, where students received lecture material about the topic and participated in an APA-recommended activity using the BSDS. The two target groups were: a) homosexuals, and b) atheists. Students completed a pretest and the BSDS at the start of the topic, a posttest and a second BSDS at the end of the topic, and a third “delayed” BSDS near the end of the course. Data collection will be complete at the end of this semester; preliminary analyses suggest significantly different results from those reported in prior investigations. Results will inform future efforts to design prejudice-reduction materials and have clear implications for teaching about prejudice and discrimination. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of the classroom exercise and will learn how to adapt the exercise to different target groups.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 2

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 31st, 10:00 AM Mar 31st, 10:45 AM

Reducing prejudice towards marginalized groups: Replication and extension

Room 2

This session will present the results of a 3-year investigation to replicate and extend prior research exploring the efficacy of a class activity using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale [BSDS] in reducing prejudice and discrimination. Students in six sections of an introductory family science course were assigned to one of three conditions and one of two target marginalized groups for a 3x2 design. Preliminary results suggest significantly different results from those reported in prior investigations. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of the classroom exercise and will learn how to adapt the exercise to different target groups.