ERIC Number: EJ1027861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 24
Racial Diversity in the Schools: A Necessary Evil?
Markowitz, Linda; Puchner, Laurel
Multicultural Perspectives, v16 n2 p72-78 2014
White teachers see racial diversity in the schools as a "necessary evil." Common beliefs are that (1) Black students are saved by nurturing White teachers and well-behaved White children; and (2) White students learn from "disadvantaged" Black children the dual lesson of empathy and gratitude. A pilot project in the fall of 2010 studied racial diversity education and experiences with racial diversity through six teacher interviews. This study used qualitative methods, informed by case study (Stake, 2000) and grounded theory (Corbin & Strauss, 2008) traditions. Continued research is needed to uncover how to dismantle the structures and ideologies behind racism.
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Ethnic Diversity, Whites, Student Diversity, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Grounded Theory, Racial Bias, Ideology, Multicultural Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Coding, Racial Attitudes, African Americans, Social Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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