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ERIC Number: ED153144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Differential Expectations of Performance Based on Race of Student.
Simpson, Madline L.; And Others
Subjects in the study were 29 black and 73 white introductory psychology students, 90% of whom identified themselves as prospective teachers. As part of their classroom work, these students were randomly assigned to read an essay on urban life. Attached to the essay was one of two cover letters describing the theme's writer. These cover letters were identical in their description of a freshman college student except for the racial identification of the fictitious writer of the theme. All subjects were asked to assign a grade to the theme as well as estimate the student's I.Q., chances for gainful employment upon graduation, overall grade-point average, and probability for admission to graduate school. To compare the differential expectations of black and white prospective teachers for black and white students, five 2 x 2 ANOVA designs were utilized to test the hypotheses concerning the criterion measures of grades assigned, estimated I.Q., gainful employment scores, grade-point average, and probability for admission to graduate school. Black students were generally more positive in their judgments. Conclusions were tentative, but the major differences in judging a fellow student appeared to be due to the overall differences in positive and negative attitudes between black and white students, rather than to interracial influences on their pre-experiential expectations. (Author/FC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1974); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility