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ERIC Number: EJ1132535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Causal Effects of Cultural Relevance: Evidence from an Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Dee, Thomas S.; Penner, Emily K.
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n1 p127-166 Feb 2017
An extensive theoretical and qualitative literature stresses the promise of instructional practices and content aligned with minority students' experiences. Ethnic studies courses provide an example of such "culturally relevant pedagogy" (CRP). Despite theoretical support, quantitative evidence on the effectiveness of these courses is limited. We estimate the causal effects of an ethnic studies curriculum, using a "fuzzy" regression discontinuity design based on the fact that several schools assigned students with eighth-grade GPAs below a threshold to take the course. Assignment to this course increased ninth-grade attendance by 21 percentage points, GPA by 1.4 grade points, and credits earned by 23. These surprisingly large effects suggest that CRP, when implemented in a high-fidelity context, can provide effective support to at-risk students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B130017