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ERIC Number: EJ1039395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Beyond Judgment Bias: How Students' Ethnicity and Academic Profile Consistency Influence Teachers' Tracking Judgments
Glock, Sabine; Krolak-Schwerdt, Sabine; Klapproth, Florian; Böhmer, Matthias
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v16 n4 p555-573 Dec 2013
Research on school tracking has provided evidence that students with immigrant backgrounds are overrepresented in the lower school tracks. As teachers are the main decision makers when it comes to tracking, we investigated whether teachers' tracking judgments are biased by the immigrant backgrounds of the students and how teachers' tracking judgments are affected by inconsistencies in students' academic profiles. Drawing on dual process models of judgment formation, we conducted two experimental studies to investigate teachers' judgments. The results of both studies showed less favorable teacher judgments of students with immigrant backgrounds than of students without immigrant backgrounds. Students with inconsistent academic profiles were also judged less favorably than students with consistent profiles. Think aloud data indicated careful processing of all information both for students with immigrant backgrounds and students with inconsistent profiles. Results are discussed with regard to their underlying mechanisms as well as with regard to their implications for teacher training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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