Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Date Information

2018

Department

Childhood Education and Care; Psychology

First Advisor

Joanna Gonsalves

Second Advisor

Anne Noonan

Third Advisor

Cami Condie

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine whether teachers’ perceptions of students are affected by students’ socioeconomic status (SES). It was hypothesized that teachers perceive students from lower socioeconomic classes as less capable than students from higher socioeconomic status, and that teachers unconsciously set lower achievement expectations for low SES students, based on these original perceptions. All empirical studies conducted in the last decade on the topic were reviewed, including studies that used both naturalistic methods and those that used hypothetical scenarios. The hypothesis was supported through the analysis of past research, finding the presence of classism in teacher perceptions. Implications for teacher training are discussed to help address the biases revealed in this research.

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