Diversity as an opportunity or a challenge? A cross-national study of ethnic diversity and students’ generalized trust

Soobin Choi, Moosung Lee

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Abstract

In this study, we explore how ethnic diversity at the macro-level relates to students’ generalized trust by using cross-national data. Our analysis shows a positive relationship between ethnic diversity and generalized trust. This relationship is, however, inverted U-shaped curvilinear rather than linear, indicating that the positive relationship levels off and turns negative. While we also find that students’ educational experiences such as social relations at school are positively associated with generalized trust, ethnic diversity at the macro-level is still the most powerful factor in our analysis predicting students’ generalized trust. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102301
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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