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“Why are there no black kids at Southside and no white kids at Booker?” Teachers’ Opinions on the Educational Achievemen...

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Material Information

Title:
“Why are there no black kids at Southside and no white kids at Booker?” Teachers’ Opinions on the Educational Achievement Gap in the City of Sarasota
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Fisher, Grace
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Sociology
Faculty Sponsor:
Hernandez, Sarah

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
In our current society, the work of teachers has often been criticized and devalued. So much so that much of the existing literature on the educational achievement gap fails to include their opinions on the matter. Therefore, my work examined Sarasota teachers’ opinions on the educational achievement gap. I used semi-structured interviews of eight elementary school teachers to show the teachers’ understanding of the cause of the gap and to explain these voices in relation to the existing literature. I find that teachers believe the achievement gap is influenced more by social class than preconceived beliefs of race. Social class, in their opinions, leads to low parental involvement and stress. Teachers believe the achievement gap is affected by forces outside of the schools and hence find themselves unable to fully remedy the achievement gap . With this focus on class rather than race, teachers did not make much reference to ideas related to biology or culture. Rather most of the theory they discussed centered on structural explanations for the gap. Informed by the teachers’ views and existing literature on the topic, I argue that the causes of poverty, and their relationship to race and ethnicity, should be examined further in order to remedy the roots of the achievement gap, while also addressing its symptoms.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Grace Fisher
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Hernandez, Sarah

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 F574
System ID:
AA00024739:00001

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