ERIC Number: ED392857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Perceptions of Science Teacher Actions in Two Culturally Diverse Middle-Level Science Classrooms: A Case Study in the American Deep South.
McGinnis, J. Randy
The purpose of this study was to give voice to students' perceptions in two science classrooms taught by two white teachers in an urban multicultural middle-level school situated in the American Deep South. Student participants were 35 students of different ethnicities in grades 7 and 8. The theoretical reference used is social contextual, a reference advocated by a growing number of education researchers. Insights emerging from the study are intended to support critical reflection on the part of science teachers practicing in that context and to others who see application in different contexts. It is asserted that students of diverse backgrounds schooling in a context historically associated with racism directed toward African-Americans are sensitive to teacher attitudes and actions that could be interpreted as discriminatory. Implications for science teacher practices and for future research in middle-level contexts are discussed. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cultural Differences, Educational Research, Ethnic Groups, Grade 7, Grade 8, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Multicultural Education, Racial Differences, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).