When Race Matters: Teachers' Evaluations of Students' Classroom Behavior

  title={When Race Matters: Teachers' Evaluations of Students' Classroom Behavior},
  author={Douglas B. Downey and Shana Pribesh},
  journal={Sociology of Education},
  pages={267 - 282}
Past studies have noted that black students' classroom behavior is rated more favorably by black teachers than by white teachers. This pattern could be a function of white teachers' bias—rating black students more harshly than they deserve—or black students' misbehavior—acting out more when placed with white teachers versus black teachers. If explanations emphasizing black students' misbehavior (oppositional culture) are accurate, matching effects should be more substantial among adolescents… 

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