ERIC Number: EJ854571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Performing Race in Four Culturally Diverse Fourth Grade Classrooms: Silence, Race Talk, and the Negotiation of Social Boundaries
Schaffer, Rebecca; Skinner, Debra G.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v40 n3 p277-296 Sep 2009
This article addresses how preadolescents produce and perform race through an ethnographic study of 8- to 11-year-old students in four fourth grade classrooms in the southeastern United States. Although Asian, Latino, and white students tended to avoid explicit talk of race, many white students constructed black students as disruptive "troublemakers." Black students were more likely to openly discuss race and racism and used race talk to silence or isolate certain students.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ethnography, Classrooms, Grade 4, White Students, Preadolescents, Race, African Americans, Stereotypes, Racial Bias, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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