The purpose of this quantitative, ex post facto, quasi-experimental study was to assess affective outcomes of an educational intervention within the theoretical context of Intergroup Contact Theory (Pettigrew, 1998). Using the Interservice Perception Instrument (ISPI), perceptions of military services, joint organizations, and more common perceptions across services were examined. The results obtained revealed statistically significant changes in perceptions of military services, joint organizations, and more common perceptions across services pre to post course. When the population was divided into cohorts by prior joint experience, the interaction effects were not significant. Implications to Joint Professional Military Education include: the ISPI has utility to both as an educational and organization instrument, and prior contacts among officers at joint military organizations do not appear to be of a sufficient positive intergroup contact nature to overcome their original perceptions. For intergroup contact research, the use of discriminate function analysis to detect a decrease in the ability to predict group membership has promise of providing a new option in determining positive contact experiences.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Vocational education, Armed forces|
|Keywords:||Common perceptions, Intergroup contact, JPME, Joint Professional Military Education, Joint education, Military education, Social identity|
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