CA Smith – Expanding Opinions in Higher Education

CA Smith – Expanding Opinions in Higher Education

September 18, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


Alright so hi I’m C.A. Smith and today I’m discussing expanding
opinions in higher education so before I begin this whole talk, just
by a show of hands how many of you have gone home during a school break or
something of the sort started talking about politics the discussion
gets really heated and violent and just you know degrades quickly so
this anecdote is common amongst college students and the reason is is that there’s
social structures within post-secondary education that affect opinions and
have a lasting effect over time. So in order to do this research I had to
create a theoretical framework for it and so the theoretical
framework as you can tell, it’s separated into multiple
different categories this top part definitely talks about your faculties
opinions the administrative reinforcements the institutional
structures the E is for the encounters with diverse opinions that people have
while they’re in post-secondary education. The P is for their peers reinforcement or
their perceptions of peer reinforcement and then the O is for their opinions prior
to assimilation because you come into this structure with a lot of opinions
that actually has lasting effects. So I use this in order to create
a questionnaire, an interview script, a bunch of other things and
whenever I studied it I created a factor analysis and
a path model to be able to kind of see what the effect is how serious different
components of the structure actually are. So there’s three large
issues that come about. First of all this perception
of peer support for an opinion highly affects your
eventual outcomes in your opinion so if you perceive your friends to have
a certain liberal type opinion whether or not that is a true situation you
react in regard to that perception so it’s a huge effect and it has both
an effect on your encounters with diverse opinions as well as your overall opinions. So faculty fairness is an important
concept in this because they structure this classroom setting they make it able
so that we are we come in contact with all these different opinions whenever we
have whenever they propose a concept this discussion allows them allows you to come
in contact with more opinions than you’re usually used to so that has a serious
factor for your encounters with these diverse opinions while encounters diverse
opinions doesn’t have a serious effect on your eventual outcomes it is important
for the structure of the classroom. And finally this is going to come
off as odd but just hear me out for a second being African-American has
a negative effect on liberal opinions. I did my study in Texas so there’s
a whole theme of the southern black church that might have an effect
on it we’re not really sure but really what we chalk this up to is
opinion is part of assimilation this homogeneous type population that race
builds into us create a structure of ideology that we bring into
the system so it has a serious effect. Now why is all of this important
well because about twenty years there’s been a fifteen percent
rise in the amount of people who are going to post-secondary education so there’s more people coming in contact
with this more liberalizing effects and thus a repeated situation where our
overall democratic society changes so I propose that this is a proper way
of dealing with these opinion changes as well as trying to figure ways that
we can better present encounters diverse opinions and things of the sort so
thank you guys for your time.