ERIC Number: ED215062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-22
Reference Count: 0
The Color of Misbehaving: Two Case Studies of Deviant Boys in a Magnet School.
Emihovich, Catherine A.
Case studies of a black boy and a white boy from a kindergarten class in a desegregated school examined the effects of teacher attitudes on students' conformity to classroom behavior norms. Both boys had been referred to the school psychologist by their teacher because of their disruptive classroom behavior. Information collected on the two boys included their family background, the psychologist's diagnosis and observations, and researcher observations of the boys' behavior and interactions with the teacher. The findings showed that the teacher appeared to perceive the boys differently, behaved differently toward them, and tended to direct more positive actions for behavior improvement toward the white boy. It was suggested that stricter controls were placed on the white boy's behavior with the expectation that he would eventually control himself. It was further stated that the black boy's behavior was allowed to escalate to the point of requiring special measures (a Learning Adjustment Class): the underlying expectation being that there was no point in controlling him because his status (race, socioeconomic background) conspired against him. It was further suggested that the differences in treatment were not an isolated example of personality clashes, but instead reflected institutional racism in the wider sociocultural context of the school, where standards of behavior are applied differently to white and black students. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 22, 1982).