Diverse school pupils feel ‘warmer’ toward other ethnic backgrounds, reveals study

Students in ethnically diverse secondary schools are much more positive about youngsters from backgrounds different to their own, according to new research.  The Independent reports.

The study, from researchers from the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), looked at almost 4,000 Year 10 pupils in state schools in England.

The youngsters were asked questions about their “warmth of feeling” towards different groups – white British, Asian British and black British – on a scale from zero to 100.

The study found that pupils have greater warmth for those from their own group – with a gap between feelings towards their own ethnic groups of nine to 18 points.
The study says, “We show that in schools with more pupils from another ethnic group the gap between a pupil’s views of those from her own group and another ethnic group is smaller.”
“We show that towns and cities with ethnically segregated schools have much lower levels of mutual regard among teenagers from different ethnic groups. The value to researching and implementing policies to encourage integration and contact is therefore clear,” the report concludes.
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