Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Helen C. Harton, Honors Thesis Advisor
Individuals with higher levels of education tend to have more positive attitudes towards immigrant groups as well as immigration in general (Hainmueller & Hiscox, 2007). This study examined the relationship between one particular type of education and attitudes towards Arab, Chinese, and Mexican immigrant groups in the United States. As a part of a larger, ongoing study on attitudes of college students towards immigrant groups, participants completed measures of their multicultural education experiences. I hypothesized that individuals with higher levels of multicultural education experiences would report more positive attitudes towards Arab, Chinese, and Mexican immigrant groups and that attitudes towards these immigrant groups would be more positive among individuals who have had any educational experiences with a foreign language compared to those who have not. Unexpectedly, there was no relationship between the level of multicultural education that participants reported and their attitudes towards immigrant groups, nor was there an association between attitudes towards immigrants groups and foreign language experience. These results could mean that there is no relationship between multicultural education and attitudes toward immigrant groups or that the measures used in this study did not adequately assess the relevant types of multicultural education or foreign language experiences.
Keywords: immigration, multicultural education, prejudice
Year of Submission
Department of Psychology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2021 Anika Marie Lillegard-Bouton
Lillegard-Bouton, Anika Marie, "Multicultural education and attitudes towards immigrant groups in the United States" (2021). Honors Program Theses. 476.