The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 7th, 2015
Although diversity on college campuses is widely viewed as crucial
for learning, negative experiences with students from other backgrounds
may actually hurt undergraduates’ intellectual development, a new study
The study, based on tests administered to college students as both
freshmen and seniors, linked negative experiences with diversity to
declines both in students’ critical-thinking skills and their "need for
cognition," or tendency to be intellectually engaged.
Positive experiences with diversity, on the other hand, appeared
linked to increased need for cognition but to have no real impact on
their critical thinking, a paper summarizing the study’s findings says.