On 30th June, Valentina presented at the International Sociological Association (ISA) XX World Congress of Sociology – Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies held in Melbourne, Australia.
At the 2023 ISA Conference, Valentina presented preliminary results for a work-in-progress BIPE paper investigating the socio-economic gradient in teacher biased perceptions of students’ academic abilities in England, Scotland, and Germany. The paper explores to what extent teacher assessments of students’ language skills are inaccurate – i.e., biased – and whether this inaccuracy is (partially) mediated by student behaviour in the classroom, student academic attitudes, and parental involvement in children’s education.
In all three countries, preliminary empirical evidence shows how teacher perceptions are not entirely accurate, indeed they appear to be biased based on the socio-economic background of the student in question. In England, this bias appears to be mediated mostly by student behaviour; in Scotland by both student behaviour and student academic attitudes; in Germany by parental involvement in children’s education.
Slides from the presentation can be viewed on our ‘Materials and publications’ page.