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We are pleased to announce a new publication on the influence of a student's ethnicity on teacher expectations and teacher perceptions

The study was conducted by a CHEMP research intern, Alisa Alieva, and a senior lecturer of the HSE Sociology Department, Raisa Akifyeva. 

The paper «The influence of student ethnicity on teacher expectations and teacher perceptions of student warmth and competence» presents the results of a recent social-psychological experiment conducted among 34 primary school teachers in St. Petersburg. The experiment aimed to examine the influence of students’ ethnicity on teacher expectations and stereotypes, as well as the relationship of teacher expectations and stereotypes toward ethnic minority students. Whereas, according to existing research in the area, teacher expectations can be based on teachers' ethnic stereotypes, colleagues provide a new perspective to examining this relationship by including the Stereotype Content Model into analysis. According to the model, stereotype has two dimensions: 'warmth' and 'competence', therefore stereotypes can be ambivalent. The experiment results show that a) teachers' expectations varied according to student's ethnicity; and b) teacher expectations were positively related to perceptions of student's competence and not to perceptions of warmth. The study stresses the importance of further research in this field, as well as raises a question about the operationalization of teacher expectations.

The publication appears in Psychology in Russia: State of the Art journal (Q3), congratulations to Raisa Akifyeva and Alisa Alieva!