ERIC Number: ED320077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Reports of High School Freshmen on Their Perceptions of Racial Prejudice during Junior High School.
Cole, Charles E.
Empirical studies have shown that teachers treat students differently in response to differences in manner of speaking and in response to other features of style which may be culturally determined, and that Black children are frequently the subject of this treatment, which is often negative and critical. This study examined these interactions from the standpoint of students. Freshman counselors selected articulate students in the middle achievement range who were open to participation in research. Ten girls and eight boys from three different feeder junior high schools were interviewed concerning discrimination in their junior high schools. Nine subjects were Black, seven were White, one was Hispanic, and one was Asian. Students discussed race relations among students and between students and teachers. Audio tapes and transcripts of the conversations were analyzed for instances of racially discriminatory behavior in teachers. Most students reported instances of racially discriminatory behavior, although in many cases, students did not refer to them as such, and most conceded that racial prejudice was present in their schools. No significant differences were found with respect to race or sex of student or of teacher, family political history, or school attended. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. dissertation, National-Louis University, Illinois.