What is it about?

This study shows that Black and White children in the United States are more likely to endorse information from and to choose as teachers White adults compared to Black adults. However, the racial demographics of children’s schools and neighborhoods may impact children’s teacher choice. Children attending schools with a greater number of Black teachers and living in zip codes with a larger Black population are more likely to select Black adults in certain context

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that even young preschool age children use race to choose their teachers and that their school and neighborhood environments potentially have a strong influence on how they develop racial biases.

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This page is a summary of: Black and White children’s race-based information endorsement and teacher preference: Effects of school and neighborhood racial demographics., Developmental Psychology, January 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/dev0001507.
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