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ERIC Number: ED453349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 26
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"Is the Tape Off?" African American Respondents' Spontaneous Discussions of Race and Racism When the Researcher Is Also African American.
Newsom, M. Cookie; Ridenour, Carolyn; Kinnucan-Welsh, Kathryn
This study explored the dynamic of race within the research process when researchers and respondents were African American, looking at critical race theory. It was part of a larger study on the cultures of inner city schools at the beginning of a privately funded scholarship program. Researchers were both African American and white. This paper presents one African American researcher's experiences with African American teachers and administrators who waited until formal data collection ended, and the tape recorder was off, before speaking frankly about racial issues. Their comments about race and racism focused on: conditions that African American children lived in and the impact on student achievement and the inability of white teachers to effectively teach African American students. African American teachers viewed themselves as cultural mediators and believed there were not enough African American teachers on staff. No African American teachers mentioned racial issues during their formal interviews, and no white researchers experienced any such spontaneous discussions about race. The paper discusses how truths constructed from such data might differ based on researcher race, noting how research will shape education if only partial truths are available to all researchers and how racial context influences data interpretation. (Contains 25 references.)(SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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