Undergraduate Student Change in Cultural Competence: Impact of a Multicultural Psychology Course
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology
American Psychological Association
Students enrolled in a semester-long undergraduate multicultural psychology course. The course had explicit objectives tied to changing awareness, knowledge, and skills. Students completed self-report measures in the first week of the course and the second to last week of the course to encourage self-reflection regarding change across the semester. We found significant within-subject effects for time (pre, post; Wilks’ A = .51; F(10, 58) = 5.56, p =< .001, np2 = .49), and ignificant between-subjects effects for ethnicity (Wilks’ A = .70; F(10, 58) = 2.27, p = .015, np2 = .30) and course year (Wilks’ A = .46; F(10, 58) = 6.77, p =< .001, np2 = .54) but not for gender. There were also significant interaction effects of course year and time (Prepost x Course Year; Wilks’ A = .61; F(10, 58) = 3.70, p =< .001, np 2 = .39). Findings suggest that key aspects of multicultural competence, namely ethnocultural empathy, colorblind racial attitudes, and multicultural experiences can and do change over the course of a semester-long class.
Patterson, C. A., Papa, L. A., Reveles, A. K., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2018). Undergraduate student change in cultural competence: Impact of a multicultural psychology course. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4(2), 81–92. https://doi.org/10.1037/stl0000108