Does Diversity Really Matter? The Interplay between Students’ Race and Their Teachers’ Level of Cultural Responsiveness

By Tyrone Tanner, Doug Hermond, Mathias Vairez and Leslie Larchin.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: Annual Review

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The United States continues to experience a persistent academic achievement gap between European American students and students of color from historically marginalized groups. In response, many researchers have found that culturally responsive educators are able to significantly reduce achievement gaps. In an attempt to better understand the achievement gap and cultural responsiveness, the researchers examined whether teachers’ level of cultural responsiveness differed based on the racial makeup of the student body. Using several theories, as identified in “Culturally Responsive Educational Theories” (2013), a culturally responsive survey was developed and administered to measure teachers’ initial level of cultural responsiveness. The study revealed that teachers who taught in schools with higher percentages of students of color had higher levels of overall cultural responsiveness as well as higher levels of cultural responsiveness as it relates to their efficacy and as it relates to their perspectives on students’ views and values. The findings strongly suggest that culturally responsive qualities are enhanced when educators have greater exposure to diverse learners.

Keywords: Education, Cultural Responsiveness, Diversity, Urban Education, Achievement Gap

The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 17, 2017, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 1, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.553KB)).

Tyrone Tanner

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, USA

Doug Hermond

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, USA

Mathias Vairez

Doctoral Student, Department of Educational Leadership, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, USA

Dr. Leslie Larchin

Doctoral Graduate, Witlowe R. Green College of Education, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, USA