Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Center for Science and Math Education

Committee Chair

Dr. Sherry Herron

Committee Chair Department

Center for Science and Math Education

Committee Member 2

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 3

Dr. Christopher Sirola

Committee Member 3 Department

Physics and Astronomy

Committee Member 4

Dr. Katherine Malone

Committee Member 4 Department

Mathematics

Abstract

ABSTRACT

RACE, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, AND IMPLICIT BIAS: IMPLICATIONS FOR CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP by Elizabeth Auretta Cox Schlosser

This study accessed the relationship between race, socioeconomic status, age and the race implicit bias held by middle and high school science teachers in Mobile and Baldwin County Public School Systems. Seventy-nine participants were administered the race Implicit Association Test (race IAT), created by Greenwald, A. G., Nosek, B. A., & Banaji, M. R., (2003) and a demographic survey. Quantitative analysis using analysis of variances, ANOVA and t-tests were used in this study. An ANOVA was performed comparing the race IAT scores of African American science teachers and their Caucasian counterparts. A statically significant difference was found (F = .4.56, p = .01). An ANOVA was also performed using the race IAT scores comparing the age of the participants; the analysis yielded no statistical difference based on age. A t-test was performed comparing the race IAT scores of African American teachers who taught at either Title I or non-Title I schools; no statistical difference was found between groups (t = -17.985, p < .001). A t-test was also performed comparing the race IAT scores of Caucasian teachers who taught at either Title I or non-Title I schools; a statistically significant difference was found between groups (t = 2.44, p > .001). This research examines the implications for the achievement gap among African American and Caucasian students in science.

ORCID ID

orcid.org/0000-0002-3557-6160

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