Students’ Race and Participation in Classroom Discussion in Introductory Sociology: A Preliminary Investigation
This study utilizes observation, survey and interview methodologies to investigate the impact of student race on participation in discussion in introductory sociology courses at a large Midwestern US university with a minority enrollment of approximately 15 percent. While results are mixed there is some evidence that white students participated at a higher rate than minority students. However, in certain circumstances (e.g., discussion of racism), minority students became the “experts” during particular class sessions and participated at a greater rate than did white students.
Jay R. Howard, Aimee Zoeller, and Yale Pratt. "Students’ Race and Participation in Classroom Discussion in Introductory Sociology: A Preliminary Investigation" Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 6.1 (2006): 14-38.