ERIC Number: ED094018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Attitudes and Expectations Associated with Race and Social Class.
Pugh, Lee G.
The purpose of this presentation is to report on a study undertaken by the author to asses teachers' social perceptions of dialectal differences among junior high school males. Male and female teachers judged the academic ability and school behavior of three black and three white male student speakers representing upper-middle-class, middle-class, and lower-class backgrounds, based on their spoken language. Teachers heard tape-recordings of these junior high school students reading the same brief passage. Black and white teachers, 13 of each, were selected by a random procedure from a junior high school in the Dade County, Florida, Public School System. This particular school was selected because of the black and white ratio (21 percent black, 79 percent white) of faculty desegregation, and the diversity in the teachers' birthplaces, educational backgrounds, and geographical locations of their teaching experiences. The findings indicate that white speakers were perceived with a significantly higher degree of favorableness by all teachers. Black teacher judgments were found to be significantly more favorable than those of white teachers. There were no significant differences found in the degree of favorableness with which upper-middle, middle, or lower-class speakers were perceived by all teachers. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Expectation, Junior High School Students, Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Secondary School Teachers, Social Attitudes, Social Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Speech Evaluation, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida