ERIC Number: ED076730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-1
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The White Researcher in the Black Community: A Dilemma.
Lahnston, Anton T.
There should be little doubt in the mind of the educational researcher that many of the past research efforts in the black community have resulted in an enormous disservice to the children residing there. However, the future for educational research in the black community has the potential to be infinitely better and ultimately more beneficial. To provide a more definitive perspective on the current dilemma it is necessary to consider some of the major problems confronting us as white researchers seeking answers to many of the continually pervasive educational issues. First and paramount among the present problems for the white researcher is the desperate need for a deep understanding of an appreciation for the cultural make-up of black children and the black community in which they reside. A second issue is the reaction of the black child to the white researcher. The third major concern which must be considered by the white researcher is the use of research instruments and the interpretation and use of research results. Flaws in previous research do not warrant a cessation or a moratorium on research by the white researcher in the black community. Through teaming with black researchers, our efforts can be productive. The caution flag must be rung up, o# must be rung up, however, so that continued comparisons are not made between white and black children. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Black Community, Black Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Psychological Testing, Racial Relations, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Student Teacher Relationship, Test Bias, Whites
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1, 1973