Title

Evaluation of a Classroom Exercise on Social Distance and Discrimination

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

ij-SoTL: International Journal Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

DOI

10.20429/ijsotl.2013.070218

ISSN

1931-4744

Abstract

This project evaluated a class activity on social distance and discrimination using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale. Students [N=266] in six sections of a family development course received either lecture or lecture plus the activity and completed two pretest and posttest measures. Results revealed greater positive shifts on the Scale for students who received the activity, but equivalent changes in attitudes toward the target group as students in the lecture only group. Students in the activity group rated the activity plus lecture as highly as students in the lecture only group rated the lecture. Discussion focused on future directions for development, expansion, and adaptation of this activity to other classes and contexts.

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