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ERIC Number: EJ783366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Margaret Beale Spencer Delivers AERA's Fourth Annual "Brown" Lecture in Education Research
Educational Researcher, v36 n9 p583-584 2007
This article describes AERA's Fourth Annual "Brown" Lecture in Education Research delivered by internationally known education researcher and developmental psychologist Margaret Beale Spencer. The Lecture--"Lessons Learned and Opportunities Ignored Post-"Brown v. Board of Education": Youth Development and the Myth of a Colorblind Society"--drew upon a long-term program of research addressing the embedded stereotypes in society and the consequences for children and youth. In her address, Spencer, Board of Overseers Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, explored skin color bias in the United States. Drawing upon a wealth of research, she spoke of color bias as a continuing social issue that deserves full scrutiny as a health hazard. To maintain the myth of a colorblind society, she maintained, appears counterproductive to the point of being wasteful if it averts the use of strategies needed by youth to cope with racial stereotypes. She traced her interest in skin color research to the work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark and their 1939-1940 doll study in which African American children were asked to choose between Black and White dolls. Thirty years later, she replicated theri work for her master's thesis, "The Effects of Systematic Social (Puppet) and Token Reinforcement on the Modification of Racial and Color Concept-Attitudes in Preschool Age Children."
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Language: English
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