Faculty Sponsor: 
Carola Suárez-Orozco, Co-Director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, & Education (IGE)
Department: 
Human Development & Psychology-GSE&IS
Contact Name: 
Juliana Karras-Jean Gilles
Room Number: 
Moore Hall, 1033C
Phone: 
(310) 206-9820
Description of Research Project: 
To date, we know little about the nature of bias in primary and secondary classrooms—how it unfolds, the frequency of occurrence, its targets, under what circumstances, and its potential effects on classroom climate. The aim of this research is to systematically bring conceptual clarity to several potential forms of classroom enactments of bias including: classroom sanctioning (positive & negative); relationships (enhancing & detracting interactions); instruction (engaging & unengaging); as well as cultural responsiveness.           The Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) video dataset of 4th to 9th grade classrooms provides a unique opportunity to unobtrusively consider Teacher Enactments of Bias (TEB) across a range of grades, contexts, and student and teacher characteristics. Using a mixed-methods, multiphase design, each phase is iterative.  In the first qualitative phase, we closely studied 60+ classrooms to describe TEB typologies. We have developed a protocol with which to systematically code TEBs in the subsequent quantitative phase, when we will code data-slices from 800 criterion-sampled classrooms, in order to analyze patterns of occurrences as well as their determinants and consequences. In the last phase, we will conduct focus groups with teachers to enhance the credibility of our findings. Through their research assistantship, students will use our coding protocol to code data-slices from videos for the quantitative phase of the project.
Description of Student Responsibilities: 
We are seeking thoughtful, detail-oriented students with a strong commitment to IGE’s core values of quality, respect, and ethics. Students will have the opportunity to get fully trained on a video-based coding system documenting teacher enactments of bias in the classroom. We will provide weekly supervision and training on the coding system. As part of this research assistantship students will have the opportunity for a deeper exploration of the following topics: education in the lives of children and youth of color, bias, microaggressions, teacher expectations, classroom climate, and classroom management. This project is especially valuable for students interested in applied approaches to psychological research. Additional tasks may include entry, extraction, and checking of data. If interested, please email Juliana Karras-Jean Gilles at jkarrasjeangilles@gseis.ucla.edu: (1) a brief cover letter describing your research goals and interest in this project; (2) a copy of your CV; and (3) a copy of your unofficial transcript.