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Ethnic Studies, Research on

Ethnic studies includes units of study, courses, or programs centered on the knowledge and perspectives of an ethnic or racial group, reflecting points of view rooted in that group's lived experiences and intellectual scholarship. One can differentiate between ethnic studies designed specifically for students of color who are members of the group being studied and ethnic studies designed for diverse student groups that include White students. This entry briefly describes the nature of the existing research and its major findings.

Nature of the Research

Currently, the “gold standard” for program evaluation consists of experimental research using randomized assignment to control and experimental groups, with pre- and postassessments that include standardized achievement tests. While some ethnic studies research takes this form, much of it consists of small-scale case ...

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