Learning about race and racism can be a difficult process. Previous work has shown that courses in this area can help to increase awareness of racial bias and discrimination, but less work has focused on how that change occurs. We hypothesized that feelings of belonging within the classroom could correlate with student learning and our results indeed showed a strong correlation among these factors. Across three courses, all focused on race and diversity, feelings of belonging predicted not only perceptions of learning, but also graded forms of learning and increases in racial awareness. Results are discussed in terms of the larger literature on feelings of belonging.
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Kernahan, Cyndi; Zheng, Wei; and Davis, Tricia
"A Sense of Belonging: How Student Feelings Correlate with Learning about Race,"
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.20429/ijsotl.2014.080204