Search EdWorkingPapers

Search for EdWorkingPapers here by author, title, or keywords.

How and Why Do Black Teachers Benefit Students?: An Experimental Analysis of Causal Mediation

Using a causal mediation framework, I find several social dynamics that explain how and why Black teachers benefit students. Random assignment to a Black versus a White teacher in upper-elementary school increases self-efficacy and engagement of Black students (0.6 SD), and increases test scores (0.2 SD) and decreases chronic absenteeism (60% reduction) of all students. These total effects are partly explained by “good” teaching practices and mindsets that Black teachers possess more than White teachers. However, the measures do not fully mediate the total effects of Black teachers, indicating that other social interactions such as role modeling also play a role. The findings provide motivation for recruiting more Black teachers and insight into training the current, mostly White teacher workforce.

Keywords
race/ethnicity matching, teacher quality, culturally responsive teaching, experiment
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/jym0-wz02

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Blazar, David. (). How and Why Do Black Teachers Benefit Students?: An Experimental Analysis of Causal Mediation. (EdWorkingPaper: 21-501). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/jym0-wz02

Machine-readable bibliographic record: RIS, BibTeX