Exploring the Reasons for the Underachievement of Ethnic Minority Children

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Exploring the Reasons for the Underachievement of Ethnic Minority Children Rational ======== Every child goes through the same education system, every child works through the same ‘curriculum 2000’ set by New Labour and every child sits the same exams up to the age of 16. So why are there marked differences in educational attainment for ethnic minority students? My main aim is to find out if racism is the main cause of the gap between different ethnic groups in education, which can lead to some ethnic minority groups being over represented in low-status, low paid jobs. My investigation will look at the different explanations that sociologists have used over the years to explain why African-Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi students are less likely to achieve 5 A*-C than white and Indian students. To do this I will use secondary evidence, statistics and studies to show the traditional and more modern explanations for the ever-widening dissonance between ethnic groups. My primary research will be done by using informal interviews with members of the Norfolk and Norwich national equality council. This will help me find out what the situation is like in Norfolk, and if people believe that the underachievement of some ethnic groups is due to reasons such as cultural deprivation or institutional racism. Also I would like to see if the situation has changed much over time, therefore I will be using more dated research on top of more recent research. I also hope that there may be a snowball effect once I interview one group as they may suggest other people who are involved in racial equality of education within... ... middle of paper ... ...other subjects were more glossed over, like I felt that I didn’t like enough information about culture. Therefore if I were to do this study again I would do a pilot study and take more control in the interview. I was glad that I had sent a summary of my context via email before my interview because it meant that my respondent knew what I was studying, and it saved time in the interview because we started talking about the subject straight away. Overall I believe that I got all the data I needed, and I felt that the conclusions I reached were valid. I would like to do some further study into the subject, however I would like to travel to other parts of the country and do some observational studies, to find out how children think and feel about the situation, because I felt that the area I live in does limited me.

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