Date Approved

8-22-2016

Embargo Period

8-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Psychology--Qualitative research; Racism in psychology

Disciplines

School Psychology

Abstract

Although diversity is an issue often discussed in education, a lack of diversity continues to persist within the research sciences. The purpose of this study was to see if there is a difference in how people respond to an ethnic majority researcher in comparison to an ethnic minority researcher. Parents of pre-school aged children participated in a semi-structured interview about their child. An African-American and a Caucasian researcher interviewed a group of parents from different racial backgrounds randomly assigned to either researcher. Each group’s interview responses were compared for the quality and quantity of information provided in order to see if there was a difference depending on similarity of ethnicity between parent and researcher. Results showed no significance in the quality and quantity of responses provided to either researcher and ethnicity appeared to have no bearing on responses.

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