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The Importance of Minority Teachers: Student Perceptions of Minority Versus White Teachers

Abstract

"The demographic divide between teachers and students is of growing public concern. However, few studies have explicitly addressed the common argument that students, and particularly minority students, have more favorable perceptions of minority versus White teachers. Using data from the Measure of Effective teaching study, we find that students perceive minority teachers more favorably than White teachers. there is mixed evidence that race matching is linked with more favorable student perceptions. these findings underscore the importance of minority teacher recruitment and retention."

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