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‘A teacher is no politician’: Stereotypic attitudes of secondary school teachers in Kenya

Line Kuppens, Arnim Langer and Sulley Ibrahim

International Journal of Educational Development, 2018, vol. 62, issue C, 270-280

Abstract: More than affecting their academic performance, teachers’ stereotypic attitudes may impact society at large by shaping pupils’ inter-group attitudes. Whereas particularly teachers in post-conflict and divided societies may have negative inter-group attitudes, extremely little research has been conducted in these contexts. Based on a large-scale survey of secondary school teachers (N = 925) and 68 in-depth follow-up interviews in Nairobi, this paper aims to address this void by examining teachers’ inter-group attitudes in Kenya, an ethnically divided society. While their attitudes appear to be stereotype-congruent, we find that Kenyan teachers seem careful of not letting their own stereotypes influence their teaching practices.

Keywords: Stereotyping; Teachers; Inter-group attitudes; Kenya; Peace education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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