Abstract

Prejudice and discrimination are a big topic in today’s world. However, while the issue is largely framed in terms of the actions of the police and politics, it is often overlooked in schools. When prejudice and discrimination occur in schools, it reinforces a normal social order teaching students that it is acceptable to discriminate against others. In order to help rid both society and the schools of prejudice and discrimination, the subject must be understood in terms of what kinds of prejudices occur, the effects that prejudice and discrimination have on students, and who is involved in prejudice and discrimination in schools. An in-depth analysis of the literature focused on the subject to reach a better understanding of those issues. Research shows that the types of prejudice are numerous and include racism, sexism, lookism, LGBT-based, disability-based, religious-based, and weight-based prejudices. The study also found students are negatively affected in many areas such as mental health, physical health, and academic achievement. The study finally found that students and teachers were involved in the prejudice and discrimination occurring in their schools, and that the principal’s attitude toward prejudice and discrimination hugely affected their schools climate and academic achievement.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2016

Mentor

Richard Day

Department/Professional Affiliation

Curriculum and Instruction

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

16-055

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