Finnish high school teachers spot prejudice towards immigrants

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Finnish high school teachers found bias against immigrants

Finnish high school teachers discriminate against immigrant students in the assessment of matriculation examinations, according to a recent study by the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics.

The study entitled “The extent and consequences of teacher biases against immigrants” jointly conducted by Ellen Sahlström of Aalto University and Mikko Silliman, Norwegian School of Economics showed the extent and consequences of biasness against immigrants exhibited by high school teachers in Finland.

Compared to native students, immigrant students receive 0.06 standard deviation units lower scores from teachers than from blind graders.

High school exit exams in Finland are graded twice, first by teachers, and second by a randomly assigned set of centralized blind graders (termed a censor). In both cases, graders are given a rubric to base their marks on.

However, when teachers grade assignments, they see the student’s name.

When this measure is negative, students receive lower grades from their teachers than from blind graders. In contrast, when this measure is positive, teachers assign higher grades than blind graders.

Compared to native students with the same censor-assigned scores, immigrant students receive lower scores from their teachers.

The gap between teacher and censor scores is particularly large amongst high scoring students from immigrant backgrounds.

The study also said that if teacher biases extend beyond grading, exposure to biased teachers may harm immigrant students in terms of meaningful economic outcomes such as graduation or enrollment in higher education.

While the dual grading of digital end of high school exams provides the researchers with an exceptionally clean snapshot of teacher biases in the country – it is unlikely that biases towards immigrants are limited only to high school teachers.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

8 Comments
  1. EmilySmith says

    Finnish high school teachers discriminated against immigrant students in the assessment of matriculation examinations is truly concerning. It is crucial for educators to provide equal opportunities and fair evaluations for all students, regardless of their background.

  2. Emily says

    It is disheartening to see that Finnish high school teachers are displaying bias against immigrant students during the assessment of exams. This not only hinders the academic growth of the students but also perpetuates discrimination within the education system. There should be stricter measures in place to ensure fair and equal treatment of all students, regardless of their background.

  3. EmilyJohnson says

    Finnish high school teachers discriminating against immigrant students is a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. The study’s findings reveal a stark disparity in grading between native and immigrant students, indicating a systemic bias that hinders the academic progress of the latter group. It is crucial for educational institutions to implement measures to eliminate such prejudices and ensure fair treatment for all students.

  4. EmilyJohnson34 says

    As an educator myself, it is disheartening to hear about the discrimination immigrant students face in Finnish high schools. Teachers should be impartial in their grading to ensure equal opportunities for all students. This study highlights the importance of addressing biases in education to create a fair learning environment.

  5. JuliaSmith says

    As a former high school teacher myself, I find it deeply concerning that some educators in Finland are exhibiting bias against immigrant students during matriculation examinations. All students deserve to be judged fairly based on their knowledge and skills, regardless of their background. The education system should strive for equality and inclusivity for all students.

  6. Emily_Rose says

    Do you think this study will lead to changes in the assessment practices of high school teachers in Finland towards immigrant students?

    1. Liam_Cooper says

      It’s concerning to see that immigrant students are experiencing bias in the assessment process in Finnish high schools. Hopefully, this study prompts necessary changes to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunities for all students.

  7. EmilyJohnson says

    Finnish high school teachers should undergo training to address their biases towards immigrant students. It is concerning to see that immigrant students are receiving lower scores based on their ethnicity. Education should be fair and equal for all students, regardless of their background.

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