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An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Anti-Bias Teaching Practices in the Reduction of Prejudice Among Children Attending Head Start in Kansas

This research study assessed the perceptions of children who attended rural, suburban, and urban Head Start programs regarding race. A total of twelve classrooms (2 control and 2 experimental in each site) in three Head Start regions agreed to participate in the project: (1) Northeast Kansas Community Action Project (Atchison and Brown Counties); (2) Riley County; and (3) Johnson County. In order to assure that appropriate anti-bias techniques were employed, teachers in the experimental group received 9 hours of training, on-site technical assistance, and $1200.00 of materials to augment their classrooms. Classrooms were randomly assigned to a control or experimental group after a brief classroom assessment, completed both by the Head Start Program Director and each classroom teacher. Children in both groups completed the Multi-response Racial Attitude Measure (MRA). Teachers in the experimental group implemented at least two anti-bias activities a week for 20 weeks, after which the MRA was re-administered to children in both the experimental and control groups. Data analysis was conducted using the SPSS statistical analysis program.
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