Date of Award
Master of Science
Randy G Floyd
Thomas K Fagan
After decades of advancement in education equality, a disproportional number ofUnited States racial minority students are placed in special education. One possible causeis the bias that exists in teachers’ referral and rating of behaviors for special education.This study investigated the effect that the student’s race has on teachers’ referrals forspecial education and resulting assessments. In an online-study, the race of an AfricanAmerican student, Asian American student, and European American student weremanipulated in a vignette of a hypothetical child. Participants read one of three vignettesand completed a comprehensive rating scale and a 7-item questionnaire. No racial bias inratings of internalizing behaviors, externalizing behaviors, referral for special education, likelihood of post-secondary education, quality of home life, and academic functioningwere found in this specific study. Psychologists should continue to measure and evaluatethe role of race and culture on the disproportionality.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Woods, Isaac L. Jr., "Teacher Ratings of Problem Behaviors: Examining Racial Bias in an Online Study" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1161.