Dynamic Relationships: Identifying Moderators that Maximize Benefits Associated with Diversity

TitleDynamic Relationships: Identifying Moderators that Maximize Benefits Associated with Diversity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDenson, N, Chang, MJ
JournalJournal of Higher Education
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00221546
KeywordsAcademic , campus , cross-racial , Diversity , moderators , RACE , Racial , research , School , SOCIAL , STUDENTS , UNDERGRADUATES
AbstractThis study examined factors that can moderate the relationship between cross-racial interaction and undergraduate students ' development. While previous studies have shown that students benefit from interacting across racial differences, they have not examined whether those educational benefits are moderated by otherfactors. The moderators examined in this study included measures of the quality of cross-racial interactions, students' support of race-conscious admissions, and students ' satisfaction with their college's respect for diverse beliefs. The results show that the benefits associated with those interactions on students ' academic self-concept and social agency depend on the quality of their interactions and their perceptions of their campus climate. The findings suggest that while efforts to enhance access are vital, those initiatives should not be conflated with efforts to improve an institution's capacity to address the quality of the context in which students engage with diversity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Higher Education is the property of Ohio State University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesDenson, Nida 1; Email Address: n.denson@uws.edu.au Chang, Mitchell J. 2; Email Address: mjchang@gseis.ucla.edu; Affiliation: 1: School of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney 2: Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles; Source Info: Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 86 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: RACE -- Social aspects; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: DIVERSITY in education; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATES; Subject Term: SCHOOL environment -- Research; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Research; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic self-concept; Author-Supplied Keyword: campus climate; Author-Supplied Keyword: cross-racial interaction; Author-Supplied Keyword: moderators; Author-Supplied Keyword: racial diversity; Author-Supplied Keyword: social agency; Number of Pages: 37p; Document Type: Article