Dramatic plays: A vehicle for prejudice reduction in the elementary school

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The purpose of the study reported here was to determine the effectiveness of dramatic plays as a vehicle for the reduction of prejudice among fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in two public schools in New York City. Children in an experimental group read four plays, focusing respectively on black, Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Chinese ethnic groups, and participated in post-play activities. Children in a control group had no contact with the plays but were administered the same knowledge and social distance tests. An analysis of variance showed significant differences between the posttest means for the two groups on the knowledge tests. A dependent t test indicated a significant gain from pre- to posttesting for the experimental group on the social distance tests and no such gain for the control group. © Taylor & Francis.

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Journal of Educational Research