Though the issue of racial and gender representation in the classroom is not a new one, the past decade has seen a wealth of new evidence on how students react to being taught by people who look like them.
Although the magnitude of the effects can differ, numerous research studies into the question of racial matching (the pairing of a given student with a teacher of the same racial or ethnic background) point to the same conclusion: All things being equal, black students do better when they’ve been taught by black teachers.
Controlling for a variety of student characteristics, researchers found in a 2013 study that white teachers view black students more negatively on the whole than white or Latino students, who are themselves viewed more negatively than Asian students. Another study from Kisida and Egalite found that black students were much more likely to describe themselves as happy in school, feel cared for by their teachers, and highly rate the communication between themselves and their teacher if that teacher was black.
The flip side of the expectations game can be seen in the issue of school discipline.
For the long-term impact of racial matching, there is no research more striking than a study of North Carolina students circulated last year by Seth Gershenson, Cassandra Hart, Constance Lindsay, and Nicholas Papageorge.
In a finding that gained headlines around the country — though it hasn’t yet been validated by peer review — the group reported that exposure to just one black teacher between grades 3 and 5 significantly reduced the high school dropout rate among black male students.We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.There’s no question that tomorrow’s classrooms will be more racially diverse than today’s. The transformation is already well underway in schools; the number of minority K-12 students is believed to have exceeded that of whites several years ago. Can an education profession overwhelmingly comprising whites and women effectively instruct surging numbers of pupils who do not resemble them?If the literature is fairly clear on one point — that black students benefit from black teachers — it is much quieter on another: What about other forms of matching?Specifically, not enough inquiry has been conducted into the question of how well Latino students fare when assigned to Latino teachers.Between declining birth rates among whites and immigration from Asia and Latin America, experts project that racial minority groups will constitute a majority of the U. And if not, what can be done to introduce more diversity into the teaching ranks?Those questions are increasingly on the minds of education researchers, many of whom spend their careers studying how to close troubling academic gaps between different student populations.Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.White students also enjoyed advantages from studying under same-race teachers, though boys were more affected than girls.A 2015 report by researchers Anna Egalite, Brian Kisida, and Marcus Winters produced similar findings.