Date of Award

5-1-2010

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Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to uncover areas of academic bias, specifically in regards to African American women in the classroom. There are some areas where very little research has been done surrounding minority females academic success; these gaps have been compensated with information about how these issues plague women in general. It is the researchers understanding that if an issue or circumstance within education affects white female students negatively, the same affect would most likely be multiplied for minority female students. After completing this research, there is much information that will need to be uncovered through field tests and educational experiences with minority students. This research is of the upmost importance in today’s schools, as the number of minority children in America's schools continues to grow. In 2003, it was reported that minority children consist of roughly 40% of the total number of students attending school in this country. In large urban environments, however; minority students make up over 70% of the population.62 Through this research, educators will be able to better understand how to support minority females in the classroom.

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