ERIC Number: ED268783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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White Students' Judgments of Education and Social Mobility of Black English Speakers.
Jackson, Faith L.; Williamson-Ige, Dorothy K.
The study described here concerned the perceptions of White college students in a college of education about the educational, professional, and social status of speakers of Black English. The subjects were 46 students in two undergraduate classes in communication disorders. Each class was presented with a different recording of a passage about a grandfather, one version spoken in Black English and the other spoken in standard English. The students then responded immediately to a semantic differential scale composed of 10 statements alluding to the speaker's educational, professional, economic, and social credibility. Results indicated that the standard English speaker scored higher on all 10 statements on the semantic differential scale, strongly supporting the commonly-held idea that most standard-English-speaking teachers prefer similar speech behavior from their students and that standard English usage is equated with being well educated. It is recommended that increased efforts be made to educate future teachers in the complexities of language and linguistic variation, lessening linguistic prejudices toward Black English. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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