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ERIC Number: EJ807935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
An Investigation of Student Roles within Small, Racially Mixed Science Groups: A Racial Perspective
Parsons, Eileen R. C.; Tran, Lynn Uyen; Gomillion, Crystall Travis
International Journal of Science Education, v30 n11 p1469-1489 Sep 2008
Achievement disparities among racial groups attest to the elusiveness of the "science for all" goal, an emphasis of reform efforts in the USA. One popular approach to making science accessible to all is group work. The study investigated roles attained by five African American and six European-American eighth graders working in small, racially mixed groups. What roles did the African-American and European-American students attain in the small, racially mixed science groups? Did race-associated patterns of role attainment exist? If so, what was the nature of the patterns? Roles were derived and patterns examined via the qualitative and quantitative analyses of videotaped group interactions. The findings indicated that European-Americans attained roles more frequently than their African-American counterparts of comparable abilities and whiteness operated in the small groups. The findings imply racial inequities in group work and the need for teachers to consider race when employing it. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A