"Those Kids at That School: How School Minority Composition Shapes Teacher Perceptions of Schoolwide Misbehavior"
AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: Those Kids at That School: How School Minority Composition Shapes Teacher Perceptions of Schoolwide Misbehavior
Authors: Jacob Kepins, Miles Davison
Educational literature on race, implicit bias and school discipline examine the connections between school climate, teacher perceptions and student discipline rates. However, this body of literature does not account for the possibility that teacher perceptions are shaped by a school’s context itself. This paper examines the effect of school minority composition on teacher reported classroom incidents and teacher perceptions of schoolwide misbehavior. We find that teachers in majority-minority schools report greater amounts of classroom incidents than those in majority-white schools, and that all teachers, with the exception of Black teachers in majority-minority schools have greater perceptions of schoolwide misbehavior independent of classroom incidents.