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ERIC Number: ED360455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 19
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African-American Students' Perceptions of Educational Program Selection Processes Based on Grades or Student Interest.
Gleaves, Kenneth A.
African American urban sixth graders (28 males and 22 females), the majority of whom tested at or above grade level on the Iowa Basic Skills Test, were interviewed about 2 methods of selecting students for a summer science program. One method focused on student grades, and the other method focused on student interest in science. Subjects initially did not distinguish one method as significantly fairer than the other. By the end of the interview, however, approximately one-third of the subjects chose the selection method based on grades/test scores as fairer, while approximately one-third chose the method based on student interest as fairer, and the remaining subjects took various other positions. Male subjects shifted from an initial preference for student selection by grades to a more uncertain position. Female subjects continued to rate student selection by grades as a fairer selection process. Subject responses to the fairness of selection methods produced four themes relating to their views on the purpose of school. Implications of African American students' perceptions of fairness of student selection methods and subsequent views of the purpose of school are discussed. Two tables present study data. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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