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Author's School

Brown School

Author's Department/Program

Social Work


English (en)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


The research focused on teachers' judgments of the functioning of children for whom they have professional responsibility and on teachers' judgments of the need for outside help for or about any child. Evaluative judgments were thought of as varying in part with inferences about the meaning of observed behavior in relation to the group to which the observer referred the person being judged. Sex, race, and social class of the child were hypothesized as being among the groups which are sources of different expectations of behavior. It was further hypothesized that the effects of social class on judgments were related to perceived differences from others in the same classroom, with, for example, the lower class child in the middle class classroom more likely to be seen as functioning poorly than the lower class child in the largely lower class classroom. The writer further proposed that lower class in children in predominantly lower class classrooms are judged in relation to norms which are a "compromise" between the school's formally middle class norms and the norms of the lower class school population.


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