Sexual Minority Report: a survey of Student Attitudes


Table 3: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Minority Comfort Scale (RECMCS)



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Table 3: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Minority Comfort Scale (RECMCS)


Comfort Score

Frequency

Percent

0—Least Comfortable

2

2.9%

1

1

1.5%

2

0

0%

3

0

0%

4

3

4.4%

5

3

4.4%

6—Most Comfortable

57

86.3%

Valid N= 66

Min-Max: 0-6

Mean= 5.61

Two respondents received a score of 0. One respondent received a score of 1. The situation in which this respondent would be comfortable in was “if a family member was dating/married to someone of a person of a different race, ethnic, or social class.” A score of 3 shows that the respondent has a neutral comfort level with racial, ethnic, and class minorities. The mean of 5.61 shows that most people are very comfortable with racial, ethnic, and class minorities.

Compared to the mean of the SMCS, the campus is more comfortable with racial, ethnic, and class minorities than with sexual minorities. Even though the mean for the RECMCS is lower than the mean for the SMCS, the comfort level for the RECMCS is higher than that of the SMCS because the RECMCS is on a scale from 0-6 rather than 0-8. The mean is closer to the highest comfort level on the RECMCS than it is on the SMCS

The third scale, Table 4: Perceptions of Sexual Minority Issues in the Classroom Scale (PSMICS), measures the respondents feelings of issues of sexual minorities are dealt with in the classroom. The scale is based on three questions that were answered on a “Strongly Disagree” (1) through “Strongly Agree” (5) scale with “Unsure” (3) as the neutral answer. The three questions that the scale consisted of were “I have had courses at Saint Mary’s that touched on issues regarding sexual orientation (topic was discussed but not as the main topic for at least one class period),” “I have had courses at Saint Mary’s that have had an in-depth discussion about sexual orientation (topic was main topic for one or more class periods),” and “The knowledge that my professor(s) had about issues dealing with sexual orientation was thorough” (See Appendix D).

The Class Perceptions score ranges from 3-15. A score of 3 is given to respondents who answered “strongly disagree” to all three questions on the scale. A score of 15 is given to respondents who answered “strongly agree” to all three of the questions on the scale. A score of 3 indicates negative perceptions of classes dealing with issues of sexual minorities in the classroom. A score of 15 indicates positive perceptions of classes dealing with sexual minorities in the classroom.

The most frequent score is an 8—eleven of the respondents (16.2%) received this score. This shows that most respondents are neutral or unsure of how their classes dealt with issues of sexual minorities. Only one respondent received the score of 3, showing that most do not have negative perceptions of issues of sexual minorities in the classroom. However, only 5 of the respondents, 7.4%, received a score of 15, showing that they have positive perceptions of sexual minority issues in the classroom. This shows that most students either did not have a positive classroom experience when issues of sexual minorities are discussed or they are unsure able it because they have not had any experience with sexual minority issues in the classroom.





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