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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

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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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