School-Based Activities, Misbehavior, Discipline, and Racial and Ethnic Disparities

T. Lorraine Latimore, Anthony A. Peguero, Ann Marie Popp, Zahra Shekarkhar, Dixie J. Koo

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Abstract

School-based discipline can negatively shape the educational outcomes of students, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities. Because racial and ethnic minority youth are at risk for educational failure and marginalized within schools, academic and sport extracurricular activities are often presented as a means to ameliorate educational risk factors. Little is known, however, about the relationship between involvement in these activities and school-based discipline, particularly for racial and ethnic minority youth. This study uses data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 and incorporates multilevel modeling techniques to examine whether the relationship between academic and sport extracurricular activities, misbehavior, and school-based discipline varies by race and ethnicity. This study suggests that while academic and sport extracurricular activities reduce the likelihood of school-based discipline for White students, the relationships for racial and ethnic minority are complex. The implications of the racial and ethnic disparity in school-based discipline in the United States are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-434
Number of pages32
JournalEducation and Urban Society
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • inequality
  • race and ethnicity
  • school discipline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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