Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 5, No 1 (2016)

Measuring Attitudes Toward the Rights of Indigenous People: An Index of Global Citizenship

Donald L Rubin, Adam C Landon, Michael Tarrant, Lee Stoner, Logan Mintz


Global citizenship has emerged as a key objective of liberal education.  Because the status of indigenous persons world-wide is inextricably linked to globalization and imperialism, mainstream culture students’ attitudes toward the rights of indigenous persons can be taken as an index of global citizenship.  The items comprising the Measure of Attitudes Toward the Rights of Indigenous Persons (MATRIP) draw directly from the United Nations’ 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Twenty-three statements about indigenous peoples’ rights--as explicated in the UN Declaration--were transformed into Likert-type items measuring five dimensions: Preservation of Culture, Lands & Resources, Self-Governance, Restitution, and Services and Representation.  Questionnaires were administered to 226 undergraduates. MATRIP measurement properties were tested using confirmatory factor analysis. Results indicate that a final scale consisting of 20 items adequately measures the hypothesized dimensions. Potential uses for the scale are discussed in the context of education abroad.


global citizenship; indigenous rights; international education

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