Conceptualizing attitudes toward immigrants among undergraduate students attending a university in Southern Alberta

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Williams, Joshua Harry
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education.
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
Canada is commended as a country that celebrates multicultural diversity; however, literature suggests that this may not universally be the case for individual Canadians. This research study utilizes the Social Dominance Orientation 7 scale (SDO7 scale) as well as an Immigrant Attitudes Measure with undergraduate students attending a university in Southern Alberta. Questionnaires and interviews were used to achieve the purpose of this research study: to examine the socio-demographic factors, perceptions, and beliefs held by Canadian-born undergraduate students attending a university in Southern Alberta and how these elements may influence SDO and attitudes held about immigrants by these students. Using thematic analysis, six themes were established from the interviews and non-parametric statistical testing was used to establish relationships between variables. As both a member of the Canadian host society and a second-generation immigrant, the researcher also uses journaling to report personal reflections gleaned during the interview process.
Immigrants , Social Dominance Theory (SDT) , Attitudes toward immigrants , Social Dominance Orientation (SDO)