Previous research has shown that the race and gender of a child’s teacher can play a role in the child’s learning. This may be because children tend to trust information given by members of their own social group. However, little is known about how this finding applies to multiracial children. In this study, we hope to investigate how children learn new things from people of various racial backgrounds.
In this study, children (ages 3-8) watch a few short video clips. The videos contain people of different races playing with unfamiliar objects/toys (e.g., wooden juicer, foam kneepad). After each video, we give children the object they saw in the video clip and ask them how they would play with the object. We also ask children questions about their preferences (e.g., which child they would rather learn from). By asking these questions, we hope to shed light on the role that the race of teachers may play for young children. We are particularly interested in how multiracial children learn from teachers with similar or different social identities, in comparison to monoracial children.
This study will help us understand how children learn in interracial settings. In a society that is increasingly diverse, this is an essential topic to investigate.
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This research is conducted by the Social Psychology Lab at Tufts University