Speakers: Prof. Sachin Maharaj and Sana Zareey.
While the inequitable academic impacts of curricular tracking are well understood, less attention has been paid to its social impacts. This presentation reports on a study that utilizes social identity theory to explore how tracking impacts the nature of relationships between students in different tracks. Findings include that tracking contributed to widening social divides between students, working to replicate and reinforce social stratification, with negative consequences falling most heavily on those assigned to lower tracks. Students formed friendships primarily with same-track peers, while negative stereotyping and bullying across tracks was common. Tracking also increased racial divisions, which led to geographic segregation and schools becoming a racially divided space.
Date and time: February 24th, 2-3:30pm EST.