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Hypothesis: Teachers in secondary schools treat white children better than children of different ethnic minorities because white children tend to get better grades than ethnic children

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A Study of teacher's attitudes to girls and boys Aims: 1. To find out why teachers treat children differently because of their ethnicity. 2. To investigate how peer groups affect teacher's attitude to students. 3. To find out how social class affects teachers attitudes towards students. 4. To find out why teachers behave differently towards different genders. Hypothesis: 'Teachers in secondary schools treat white children better than children of different ethnic minorities because white children tend to get better grades than ethnic children' Primary Research The aims the sociologist will be investigating with primary research will be: 1. To find out why teachers treat children of differently because of their ethnicity. 2. To investigate how peer groups affect teachers attitudes to students. For Aim 1 'To find out why teachers treat children of differently because of their ethnicity' the researcher will use a closed questionnaire. For Aim 2 'To investigate how peer groups affect teachers attitudes to students' the researcher will use interviews. Advantages of Closed Questionnaires * They involve minimal effort on the part of the respondents. * They save time, closed questions are less time consuming for respondents to complete, and this allows the questioner to ask more questions. * They avoid problems of trying to interpret difficult handwriting. * Can provide better information because the respondent knows he doesn't have to write long answers he just has to tick a box. Disadvantages of Closed Questionnaires * Closed questions are only really appropriate when the respondents know the answers and they are clear answers. * If the questionnaire is poorly designed then the questions might mislead or frustrate the respondents. Advantages of Interviews * Useful if you want to obtain personal feelings or opinions of respondents. * You can understand how individual think and how they feel about certain topic. Disadvantages of Interviews * They can be very time-consuming, interviewing, transcribing, analysing and feed backing. ...read more.

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Respondent 2 No response Respondent 3 No response Respondent 4 She kept putting me in detention, with the rest of my friends. Respondent 5 She never does Respondent 6 Because some of my friends are pretty clever, my teacher expects me to understand everything, when sometimes I don't. Respondent 7 No response Respondent 8 She ignored me and generally picked on me. Respondent 9 No response Respondent 10 She moved my place and continuously checked my work, she did this to no-one else. The table shows that 50% of the respondents say that their teachers treat them in an unfriendly manner such as, ignoring them, picking on them or moving them. PT7 Q7: Have you ever felt pressured by your peers in school? If yes, please explain how? Respondent Response Respondent 1 Yes- can't tell its private Respondent 2 Yes sometimes Respondent 3 No Respondent 4 Yes, sometimes when we play dares. Respondent 5 No Respondent 6 Yes sometimes they dare me to do things that I have to do and then I get in trouble for it. Respondent 7 Yes, sometimes to fit in with them I have to. Respondent 8 Yes Respondent 9 No Respondent 10 No they don't force me to do anything. The table shows that 60% of the respondents feel pressured by they peers to do things, and 40% say they don't let their peers control them. PT8 Q8: Do you think it's fair that teachers treat children differently because of their peers? Why? Respondent Response Respondent 1 No, because are friends are our choices. Respondent 2 No Respondent 3 Yes Respondent 4 No, because its not always that persons fault Respondent 5 No Respondent 6 No, because they might be a totally different person. Respondent 7 No because sometimes the person deserves it. Respondent 8 No Respondent 9 No Respondent 10 No, its none of their business The table shows that majority of the students think that it is unfair that teachers treat children differently. ...read more.

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The weakness of using books was that some of the books were published quite a long time ago so they might have not been reliable because things changes over long periods. Aim 4: 'To find out why teachers behave differently towards different genders'. The researcher used the internet to acquire secondary data. The strength of using the internet was that the internet had a lot of readily available data; you could access relevant case studies worldwide through a simple search engine. There weren't really any weaknesses of the internet, as the researcher was able to sift through the information and get directly to the information needed. Conclusion In Aim 1:' To find out why teachers treat children differently because of their ethnicity'. The researcher found that teachers do mistreat children, purely based on their ethnicity. The researcher also found that the minority of children that have discriminated by teachers have reacted by thinking negatively and violently towards teachers. For Aim 2: 'To investigate how peer groups affect teacher's attitudes to students'. The researcher found that teacher's behaviour towards an individual student was spurred on by that individuals students peer groups. The researcher found a student who was involved with a troublesome peer group, was more likely to get in trouble by a teacher for bad behaviour even if it wasn't his fault. In Aim 3: 'To find out how social class affects teacher's attitudes towards students'. The researcher found that teachers favoured white middle class students. It didn't matter whether the teachers were black or white. For Aim 4: 'To find out why teachers behave differently towards different genders'. The researcher found that teachers were biased towards girls than boys. They were more lenient with girls whilst boys were more likely to get considered deviant. Hypothesis: 'Teachers in secondary schools treat white children better than children of different ethnic minorities because white children tend to get better grades than ethnic children' I think my hypothesis has proven to be correct, because teachers do treat children with a white background better than children from a black background or of ethnic minority. ...read more.

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