Department of Education

Please join us for a “What I Am Thinking About Now” presentation by Jin Li, Professor of Education and Human Development at Brown University, and Yoko Yamamoto, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Brown University. The title of their talk is, “When Silence is No Longer Golden: Low-income Chinese American Preschoolers’ Beliefs About Learning and their Achievement.”

Research in child development and education consistently places Asian American children at the higher achievement end. However, most of this research is on middle-class children; very little research exists on low-income children. Their research followed 300 preschool children starting at 4 from three backgrounds: middle-class European American (EA) and both middle-class (MCA) and low-income Chinese American (LCA). To elicit their learning beliefs, we engaged each child in completing two stories with one showing a hard-working bird learning and succeeding how to fly and another depicting a bear trying to learn how to catch fish but giving up after failure. Children were also tested for their achievement in math, reading, and oral expression. We found that LCA children are behind their EA and MCA peers in developing learning beliefs (both EA mind-based and East-Asian virtue-based). LCA children are also behind their middle-class peers in math and reading achievement. Most striking is their significantly lower oral expression. In a culture that places a high premium on verbal skills, LCAs are severely disadvantaged. Implications for education policy and practice will be discussed.

RSVP: [email protected] . Snacks and caffeine will be provided.

“What I Am Thinking About Now” is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

What I Am Thinking About Now: Jayanti Owens, “What Drives Racial/Ethnic Disparities in School Discipline?”

Location: Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) Room: Room 103 Cost: Free
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Please join us for a “What I Am Thinking About Now” presentation by Jayanti Owens, Mary Tefft and John Hazen White, Sr. Assistant Professor of Sociology and International & Public Affairs at Brown University. Her talk is titled, “What Drives Racial/Ethnic Disparities in School Discipline?”

Are Black and Latinx students suspended and expelled from school at higher rates than White students because of their greater exposure to punitive schools (“racialized sorting”) or because they are perceived and/or treated more harshly for identical misbehavior in the same types of schools (“differential behavior perceptions” and “differential treatment/support,” respectively)? This article disentangles these three key mechanisms of racial disparities in school discipline by combining school administrative data with an online video vignette experiment with 1,000 teachers across the U.S. As front-line actors, teacher-respondents provide both textual and quantitative reports of a randomly-assigned student’s misbehavior and their decisions on whether to instigate school intervention. I find that racialized school sorting plays the largest role: if White students were to equally attend disadvantaged and minority schools, they would experience similarly high rates of school discipline as Black and Latinx students. Differential behavior perceptions and differential treatment/support also gain some empirical support.

RSVP: [email protected] . Snacks and caffeine will be provided.

“What I Am Thinking About Now” is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

2020 MLK Lecture: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

Location: Salomon Center for Teaching Room: 101 Cost: Free
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2020 MLK Lecture: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

Featuring

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

President Emerita of Spelman College
Author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race and Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

6-7:30 p.m.

Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium

Tickets Required - available starting 1/30
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