ERIC Number: EJ866004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Pupils' Perspectives on Racism and Differential Treatment by Teachers: On "Stragglers," the "Ill" and Being "Deviant"
Stevens, Peter A. J.
British Educational Research Journal, v35 n3 p413-430 Jun 2009
While British educational researchers have given considerable attention to issues of racism, little attention has been given to how pupils themselves perceive differential teacher treatment and how such views relate to pupils' claims of teacher racism and racial discrimination. This article employs ethnographic data gathered from one English and two Flemish (Belgian) secondary schools to investigate pupils' perceptions of teachers' differential treatment of pupils. All schools were multi-ethnic in character and located in inner-city areas. The analysis of the data suggests that three ideal types of pupils were perceived as legitimate recipients of a less or more favourable teacher treatment: the "ill," "stragglers" and "deviants". This study illustrates how pupils' claims about teacher racism and racial discrimination relate to conflicts between particular pupils and their teachers over the appropriateness of their status as "ill," "stragglers" or "deviants" and related role expectations. The final section discusses implications of this study for future research on processes of racism and racial discrimination in educational settings. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Racial Discrimination, Ethnography, Educational Researchers, Student Attitudes, Racial Bias, Equal Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Urban Schools, Student Diversity, Educational Environment, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups, Classroom Environment, Gender Bias, Chronic Illness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; United Kingdom (England)