ERIC Number: ED200659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Teacher Race and Expectations for Student Achievement.
Beady, Charles H., Jr.; Hansell, Stephen
The study described in this paper investigated whether the race of elementary school teachers in black schools affected teachers' expectations for student achievement and perceptions of ability and effort. A factor analysis revealed four clusters of items dealing with teacher perceptions of students' achievement and motivation, and teachers' expectations for future student success in high school and college. Controlling for teachers' sex, education and years of teaching experience, average school achievement, and socioeconomic status, teacher race was found to influence only expectations for college success. Black teachers expected more of their students to enter and complete college than did white teachers. Black and white teachers did not differ, however, in their perceptions of the ability and effort of their students, nor did they have different perceptions of current student achievement. Additional evidence suggested that this teacher race difference was relatively independent of the student racial composition of the schools. The implications of teacher race as a determinant of differential expectations for the success of black students are discussed briefly in the paper. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.