Framing The Study On The Classroom

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Framing the Study The study took place in a month span but data was collected from students concerning their whole school year. The research looked at a handful of students grades in non-minority teacher classes compared to their grades in minority students classes. I also had over 100 students ranging from 17-18 years old all graduating seniors to complete a survey concerning their feelings about minority teachers compared to non-minority teachers. The last piece of research I used for this study was a district-wide survey given to all students. This survey focused on their feelings on the school as a whole and what their feelings are concerning two of their current teachers. Each teacher had 25 of their students selected to…show more content…
This may be because of the gap of cultural understanding and the lack of relationship building (Dee, 2004).

Relationship building is vital in every avenue of life, especially in education and for minority students it is easier to build a relationship with someone who understands your plight as a minority. Having someone from their community helps break down communication barrier and can build trust between the teacher and student (Graham, 2014). The idea of trust and respect is built in when there is a commonality of culture or race, which can make learning easier ((Dee, 2014), and with so many road blocks making education difficult for minorities anything that can just make the learning process simpler is important to take note of and research the achievement. I admit it is a challenge to properly research and measure the impact of teacher-student relationships on student actual performance but (Dee, 2004) provided some of the first experimental analysis of pair minority teachers to students. His study used Tennessee’s Project STAR testing but was limited to grades k-3 only. In his study, he did find evidence that assignment of own-race teacher and reading of black students increases by 0.6 and 6 percentile points.

The so-called achievement gap is at its worst in gifted programs, such as honors, Advance Placement and GATE. In Georgia, a white student is three times more
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