Eliminating Racial Profiling in School Discipline: Cultures in Conflict

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Scarecrow Press, 2002 - Education - 98 pages
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Referrals, suspensions, and expulsions of African American students, especially males, are at an all-time high. However, as this book shows, culturally determined assumptions and friction over communication have a role to play in this as well. Eliminating Racial Profiling in School Discipline is designed to make readers aware of how cultural factors relate to the ways that discipline is meted out. Administrators and teachers will gain an understanding of how culturally conditioned beliefs and assumptions negatively influence student-teacher relationships. Ultimately, this book proposes a set of strategies to solve increased disciplinary referrals.
 

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Contents

Discipline The New Equity Issue
3
Merely a Symptom
7
PART 2
11
The Impact of Culture
13
CrossCultural Communication Conflicts in the Classroom
29
Stereotyping in the Classroom
37
Cultural Conflicts Cultural Conditioning and Disciplinary Practices
47
PART 3
57
Changing The School Climate The Administrators Role
59
Changing Individual Attitudes
69
The Village Approach Forming Partnerships with Parents and Community
79
Evaluating the Process School Climate and Individual Assessment
83
The African American Male School Experience
91
Bibliography
95
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Martha R. Bireda received her Ed.S. and Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Florida in Gainesville. As a diversity and equity consultant, Dr. Bireda spent over ten years researching and addressing the issue of racial disparity in discipline. Dr. Bireda is the author of four books that address issues related to culture and belief system change. She is a frequent speaker and conducts workshops for school administrators, which focus on how to eliminate racial disparity in discipline practices.

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